News From Edouard by Michel TremblayNews From Edouard by Michel Tremblay

News From Edouard

byMichel TremblayTranslated bySheila Fischman

Paperback | March 15, 2000

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Édouard, whom we met in The Duchess and the Commoner, a common shoe salesman at the feet of the well-heeled by day; but the "Duchess of Langeais," star of the transvestite shows on the Main by night, has been left an inheritance by his mother, Victoire. With this money, he sails on the ocean-liner Liberte to Paris, an idealized, glorious foreign place, the art, culture and architecture of which he imagines will be familiar to him from the booksand movies he has read and seen. But when he arrives in Paris, his constant encounters with the realities of the primitive and inconvenient aspects of daily life in Europe bring him face to face with the recognition that France is not exclusively the liberating, glorious place he had imagined it to be. The divine Paris, it turns out, does indeed have feet of clay. All of this he records in a diary, which he will send to his sister-in-law, "the fat woman." Will Édouard survive the disillusionment of both his journey to the imperial centre, and his return to what he previously considered the dull and dreary reality of his life in Montreal?While all of the six novels in this series recount the moving, hilarious, angry and exotic lives of the generation inhabiting the "Plateau" of Montreal just on the cusp of Quebec's metamorphosis from the oppression of colonialism to a culture with its own identity and language, News fromÉdouard, volume four in this six-part series of semi-autobiographical novels, is the most pointedly explicit at the level of Tremblay's sweeping metaphor of Quebec's search for identity, dignity, pride and independence from both its French and its British (Canadian) colonial past.
Michel Tremblay One of the most produced and the most prominent playwrights in the history of Canadian theatre, Michel Tremblay has received countless prestigious honours and accolades. His dramatic, literary and autobiographical works have long enjoyed remarkable international popularity, including translations of his plays that hav...
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Title:News From EdouardFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:March 15, 2000Publisher:Talon Books LtdLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0889224358

ISBN - 13:9780889224353

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