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A Season in the Life of Emmanuel

Marie-Claire Blais won the Prix France-Québec and the Prix Médicis of France when this novel was published in French in 1965.

Marie-Claire Blais, translated by Derek Coltman

When Emmanuel is born, he is the sixteenth child of a poor Quebecois family. A Season in the Life of Emmanuel unfolds over the course of a season in his life, and chronicles the struggles of his family, in particular four of his older siblings, through his eyes. A heartbreaking and powerful depiction of what it means to be poor and struggling in church-dominated Quebec, A Season in the Life of Emmanuel is often considered Marie-Claire Blais' most important work.

A Season in the Life of Emmanuel won the Prix France-Québec and the Prix Médicis of France when it was published in the original French in 1965. It went on to be translated into 13 languages.

Author interviews

Author Marie-Claire Blais on writing in 1967

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Marie-Claire Blais speaks to Phillip Resnick about influences on her writing, solitude, and politics. 8:09

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