Autumn Rounds

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Cormorant Books, 2002 - Fiction - 164 pages
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A quiet man, living in an apartment in Quebec City, hears a marching band through his window. He looks out, sees the band and suddenly decides to join the crowd forming around them. So begins Autumn Rounds, a novel about love that unfolds late in life. The band turns out to be touring musicians, singers, and acrobats from France; among their number is a strangely familiar woman to whom the man feels very attracted. This is a bitter-sweet novel. Because it is his last tour, the man is acutely aware of the details of his life on the road: the way cats in the towns are attracted to his van because it was once a milk truck, how certain reading networks will soon be needing new coordinators, how hauntingly beautiful he and the woman find the landscape of the North Shore of the St. Lawrence River.band turns out to be touring musicians, singers, and acrobats from France; among their number is a strangely familiar woman to whom the man feels very attracted. This is a bitter-sweet novel. Because it is his last tour, the man is acutely aware of the details of his life on the road: the way cats in the towns are attracted to his van because it was once a milk truck, how certain reading networks will soon be needing new coordinators, how hauntingly beautiful he and the woman find the landscape of the North Shore of the St. Lawrence River.

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
5
Section 3
9
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About the author (2002)

Jacques Poulin was born in 1937 in Saint Gédéon, Québec. He received his Arts degree from the Université Laval where he focused on literature and psychology. He worked for several years as a commercial translator and later as a college guidance counsellor. It was only after the success of his second novel, Jimmy, that he was able to devote himself competely to his writing. Poulin's novels, Les Grandes Marées, Volkswagen Blues and Le Vieux Chagrin achieved great commercial and critical success in Québec, winning Poulin the Governor General's Award for Les Grandes Marées and the Prix France-Amérique for Le Vieux Chagrin. His eighth and most recent novel, La Tournée d'Automne was published in 1993 to excellent reviews. Poulin has written a total of eight novels, all of which except for two have been translated into English.

Sheila Fischman is one of Canada's premier translators. She has translated over 125 books and for her work was awarded the Molson Prize in 2008. In 2007, her translation of Jacques Poulin's novel My Sister's Blue Eyes was a finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award for Translation, and in 2006, her translation of Pascale Quiviger's novel The Perfect Circle was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize.

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