Antonine Maillet: The unknown Acadian
"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.
• Johnson continued by criticizing his own paper for running a wire service story on the award. He wrote, "What kind of country is this? A Canadian wins one of the world's major literary prizes and our literary establishment is unable to give an appropriate account of it. It's like being blind in one eye, hearing only in one ear. If it happens in French we give it second- or third-class treatment - or none at all." - Globe and Mail, Nov. 29, 1979.
• "For me the matière litteraire [literary matter] of l'Acadie is every bit as rich as the matière litteraire of Brittany - which produced the Arthurian legends - or the matière litteraire of France of the Middle Ages. And I'm not just dredging up the past, I'm dredging up the past, the present and the future of a people. La Sagouine and Pélagie are timeless characters as far as I'm concerned." - Antonine Maillet, the Montreal Gazette, Sept. 27, 1986.
Program: The Fifth Estate
Broadcast Date: Feb. 19, 1980
Guest(s): William Johnson, Viola Léger , Antonine Maillet
Host: Adrienne Clarkson
Photos courtesy of Communications New Brunswick. La Sagouine published by Leméac Editeur Inc. This clip has been edited for copyright reasons.
Last updated: November 21, 2014
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