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These Festive Nights

Written by Marie-Claire Blais

  • 304 Pages
  • 9780887846014
  • 8.500" x 5.500"
  • FICTION / Literary
  • FICTION / Visionary & Metaphysical
  • FICTION

$22.95

Publication Date September 01, 1997

These Festive Nights is the first volume in Marie-Claire Blais' prize-winning series (These Festive Nights, Thunder and Light, Augustino and the Choir of Destruction, and Rebecca, Born in the Maelstrom) acclaimed as one of the greatest undertakings in modern Quebec fiction. A sun-drenched paradise in the Gulf of Mexico surrounded by the glimmering blue sea; Renata is convalescing on this island poised between two worlds: between great wealth and extreme poverty, between the past and an uncertain future, between the beauty of the world and the horrors of history. During her time here, Renata becomes tormented by thirst -- for justice, for pleasure, for intoxication -- while all around her, festivities are going on in join celebration of the birth of baby Vincent and the end of the twentieth century. Over the course of three days and three nights a flock of characters assembles: wealthy, poor, writers, artists facing their own mortality, children immersed in innocent games, young men dying of AIDS, refugees, the Ku Klux Klan -- an entire spectrum of humanity is depicted in the grip of doubt and suffering. In this swirling, baroque fresco, Marie-Claire Blais captures the essence of our apocalyptic age, rendering it in powerfully evocative prose.

Contributors

Marie-Claire Blais
Marie-Claire Blais is the internationally revered author of more than twenty-five books, many of which have been published around the world. In addition to the Governor General's Literary Award for Fiction, which she has won four times, Blais has been awarded the Gilles-Corbeil Prize, the M├ędicis Prize, the Molson Prize, and Guggenheim Fellowships. She divides her time between Quebec and Florida.