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Le trou dans le mur (Acte Sud, 2007)


Michel Tremblay (born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on June 25, 1942) is a novelist and playwright. Tremblay grew up in the Plateau Mont-Royal, a French-speaking neighbourhood of Montreal, at the time of his birth a neighbourhood with a working-class character and joual dialect, something that would heavily influence his work. Tremblay’s first play, Les Belles-Sœurs, was written in 1965 and premiered at the Théâtre du Rideau Vert on August 28, 1968. Its impact was huge, bringing down the old guard of Canadian theatre and introducing joual to the mainstream. It stirred up controversy by portraying the lives of working class women and attacking the strait-laced, deeply religious society of mid-20th century Quebec. His writings have been translated in several languages and his plays put on in many countries. He has received many prizes and awards. He is published by Leméac in Québec and Actes Sud in France. He is a dominant figure on the Québecois literary scene.

In french

Bibliography :

  • Assorted Candies (Talonbooks, 2006)
  • The Black Notebook (Talonbooks, 2006)
  • The Driving Force (Talonbooks, 2005)
  • Some Night My Prince Will Come (Talonbooks, 2004)
  • Past Perfect (Talonbooks, 2004)
  • Birth of a Bookworm (Talonbooks, 2003)
  • Impromptu on Nuns’ Island (Talonbooks, 2002)
  • Heart Laid Bare (Talonbooks, 2002)
  • Twelve Opening Acts (Talonbooks, 2002)
  • Solemn Mass for a Full Moon in Summer (Nick Hern Books , 2000)

A brief summary of Un trou dans le mur :

Stopping in front of the Monument National Theatre, François Laplante notices a door no one else has ever seen. He walks through it and has the strange feeling he has wandered into a 19th century Gothic novel. In his bizarre tour of the famous Montreal theatre, he will meet five ghosts, five actors amongst the strangest inhabitants of the Main neighbourhood who will reveal to him the secret of their last hours on earth.