A Season in the Life of Emmanuel
In her third and most powerful novel, Marie-Claire Blais explores, with sober compassion and realistic detail, a season in the life of Emmanuel, the sixteenth child of a poverty-stricken farmer’s family in rural Quebec.
First published in 1965, A Season in the Life of Emmanuel established Blais’s international reputation when it won the Prix France-Québec and the Prix Médicis of France. The novel has been translated into 13 languages.
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