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Heart Is An Involuntary Muscle, The by Monique Proulx , Translated by David Homel and Fred A. Reed

Winner of QWF Translation Prize in 2003


Florence doesn’t like writers – they’re so full of hang-ups – and she likes their books even less, those corpulent things that aren’t even true. Florence doesn’t like dogs either, or alcohol, or old people, or pleasure, or love. She only likes Zeno, but she’ll never admit it, even under pain of death. Zeno is her partner in their small Web site construction business, Mahone Inc., which has the brilliant idea of putting lesser-known artists and writers back in the limelight. Zeno, on the other hand, loves writers, especially Pierre Laliberté, the mysterious and mythic novelist who lives like a recluse while awards and trophies tarnish and gather dust waiting for him. Because of Zeno, because of a stolen sentence, Florence finds herself following a trail that could lead her to Pierre Laliberté, this impostor who pillages other people’s lives as inspiration for his novels.

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French, translated into English




Douglas & McIntyre

Vancouver / Toronto