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Antonine Maillet on the Acadian spirit

"I have avenged my ancestors," said author Antonine Maillet in 1979 with the publication of her book Pélagie-la-Charrette. Maillet broke new ground and became the voice of disenfranchised Acadians. She would tell the sad tale of the Acadian expulsion in the 18th century. She would also write about mothers, a washerwoman named la Sagouine, bootleggers, fishermen, dreamers — struggling to exist alongside the English majority. CBC Archives explores the career of Acadian author Antonine Maillet.

Antonine Maillet discusses her prize-winning novel and Acadian resiliency in this CBC TV interview.
Medium: Television
Program: Take 30
Broadcast Date: April 16, 1982
Guest(s): Antonine Maillet
Host: Hana Gartner
Duration: 10:28
"Pélagie-la-Charrette" by Antonine Maillet, translated by Philip Stratford. Goose Lane Editions.

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