Aurelien, Clara, Mademoiselle and the English Lieutenant
Written by Anne Hébert
Translated by Sheila Fischman
Publication Date November 01, 1996
In this enchanting novel, Anne Hebert creates a shimmering fable that captivates and dazzles with its simple beauty.
While growing up, Clara is surrounded by her father Aurelien's unrelenting silence and the sounds of the lonely countryside. Then Mademoiselle, the village teacher, arrives to take her to school and the world seems to open up before her eyes -- only to close in again later. When Clara is fifteen the English lieutenant suddenly appears, having escaped the hell of the London blitz, and Clara's peaceful countryside is never the same.
The power of silence and generosity pervade this gentle story, along with the beauty of the earth in harmony with humanity.
Anne Hébert was born on August 1, 1916 in Sainte-Catherine-de-Fossambault, a small village 40 kilometres from Quebec City. When she died in January 2000, she was one of Canada's most highly acclaimed and successful literary stars.
Sheila Fischman was born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. She is the translator of more than 150 novels. She has been awarded numerous prizes, including the Governor General’s Literary Award for Translation, the Canada Council Translation Prize, and the Molson Prize for the Arts. She is a Member of the Order of Canada and a chevalier of the Ordre national du Québec. She lives in Montreal.