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Dominique Fortier

Les larmes de saint Laurent


344 pages | Juin 2012

On the morning of May 8 1902, Mount P l e erupts, killing the entire population of the city of Saint-Pierre. One man miraculously survives the slaughter: Babtiste Cyparis, the ghost of the Apocalypse. At the same time, in England, a mathematician and his musician wife attempt to uncover the secrets of fire and earth. In Montreal, a hundred years later, two strangers meet on Mount Royal in a garden of trees and crosses, their only witnesses being a dog and the city that surrounds them. From a prison in Martinique to Barnum & Bailey’s big top, from the flanks of Vesuvius to Saint-Lawrence Street in Montreal, the author of On the Proper Use of Stars draws us into a novel where past and present answer each other. A fresco steeped in light, echoing the very sound of the Earth’s beating heart.

Finaliste au Prix littéraire des collégiens

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'Les larmes de saint Laurent promises an exquisite voyage to any who will embark.'

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'After the bedazzlement of Dominique Fortier’s first novel, Du bon usage des  toiles, it was reasonable to ask whether or not her second would meet the same standard. Mission accomplished: her originality and mastery are intact.'

Photo Dominique Fortier. Crédit Carl Lessard

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Dominique Fortier

Dominique Fortier is a writer and translator living in Outremont, Quebec. Her first novel, On the Proper Use of Stars (2008), was nominated for a Governor General's Award, and The Island of Books won the Governor General's Award for French fiction. She received the Renaudot Prize for non-fiction with Paper Houses. She is the author of six novels, four of which have been translated into English.

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