Helen With a Secret by Michael Delisle , Translated by Gail Scott
Finalist for QWF Translation Prize in 2003
These stories go through you like the winds of the city of Cleveland, Ohio, land of tornadoes and of Helen’s secret. Delisle plunges his characters into the troubled waters of memory and sensuality, beset by childhood scars and the long shadows of difficult adolescence. Delisle writes at the very edge of battered sensibility, where literature recombines with life in writing that is like song.
Gail Scott’s translation of Michael Delisle’s The Sailor’s Disquiet was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award for translation.
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