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In 1911, in a hockey game in Quebec's Gaspe Peninsula, local tough guy Billy Joe Pictou fires the puck into Monti Bouge's mouth. When Monti collapses with his head across the goal line, Victor Bradley, erstwhile referee and local mailman, rules that the goal counts. Monti's ensuing revenge for this injustice sprawls over three generations, one hundred years and dozens of alcohol-soaked tall tales, from treachery in northern gold-mining camps to the appearance of a legendary beast that can be elusive and playful or ferocious and terrifying. It is up to Monti's grandson, Francois, to make sense of the vendetta between Monti and Bradley that changes the destiny of their town and everyone who lives there. In a sumptuous, unpredictable language that creates dozens of comic scenes, Christophe Bernard reveals himself as a master of perpetual storytelling.

Fiction & PoetryFiction & PoetryHistorical FictionSagas Publisher: Biblioasis Publication Date: 18/05/2023 ISBN-13: 9781771964586  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Originally from Carleton-sur-Mer in the Gaspe region of Quebec, Christophe Bernard studied literature in Quebec City, Aix-en-Provence and Berlin. A prolific literary translator, Bernard was a finalist for the 2016 Governor General's Literary Award for English-to-French Translation. The Hollow Beast, a finalist for the 2018 Governor General's Literary Award for Fiction in French, won the Quebec-Ontario Prize, the Quebec Booksellers' Prize and the Jovette-Bernier Prize. Christophe Bernard lives in Burlington, Vermont. Lazer Lederhendler is a four-time finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award, and won the award in 2008 for his translation of Nikolski. His translation of The Immaculate Conception by Gaetan Soucy was shortlisted for the 2006 Scotiabank Giller Prize and won the French-to-English Translation Prize from the Quebec Writers' Federation. Lederhendler lives in Montreal, where he teaches English and film at the College international des Marcellines.

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