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Death is a lure and a tease. And Heloise is its Siren. The book is only 100 pages in length and can be read in one sitting. Anne Hebert was a master of written word. Originally written in French and translated by Sheila Fischman (kudos), this book wastes no words to create detailed, unforgettable images in so few pages. Many of the sentences are expressed in a direct, imperative writing style which creates a sense of urgency. I’ve read all of Anne Hebert’s books, and find this one to be her dark ...more
Anne Hébert was born on August 1, 1916 in Sainte-Catherine-de-Fossambault, a small village 40 kilometers from Québec city. Born into a well-respected Québec family, whose ancestors included some of the earliest settlers of New France, Hébert was encouraged in her literary endeavours by her cousin, the poet Hector de Saint-Denis Garneau. The greatest influence on her writing, however, was undoubted ...moreMore about Anne Hébert...