A Twilight Celebration
Written by Marie-Claire Blais
Translated by Nigel Spencer
A middle-aged novelist is on his way to a meeting of writers held at a luxurious villa isolated from the world. Within this dreamlike atmosphere, he falls prey to nightmares in which his beloved — but often rebellious — children and other artists are threatened by the violence of our world.
Of all the books in Marie-Claire Blais’s masterful novel cycle, A Twilight Celebration is the one that examines the prophetic side of the writer and the burden that falls to him in a world whose fate is yet to be determined.
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 Médicis Prize, the Molson Prize, and Guggenheim Fellowships. She divides her time between Quebec and Florida.
Nigel Spencer has won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Translation with three novels by Marie-Claire Blais: Thunder and Light, Augustino and the Choir of Destruction, and Mai at the Predators’ Ball, which was also a finalist for the QWF Cole Foundation Prize for Translation. He has translated numerous other works and films by and about Marie-Claire Blais, Poet Laureate Pauline Michel, Evelyn de la Chenelière, and others. He is also a film-subtitler, editor, and actor now living in Montreal.