For Marie-Claire Blais, the interior monologue translates far more than the subtleties of her characters’ consciousness. It goes well beyond the individual to transform itself into the voice of all humankind in the throes of either pleasure or suffering. Blais reintroduces some of the characters we first met in her 1995 novel Soifs (Those Festive Nights). In stark contrast to her previous novels, where the world is a vast arena in which good battles evil, this combat takes place in the mind of each of her characters. Blais shows us that shadows cannot be dissociated from light, life and death, that with every birth, it’s the very future of the world that is being played out.