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House of Anansi Press, 2003 - Fiction - 432 pages
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In Vaudeville! no one is who he or she appears, including Xavier, a seventeen-year-old apprentice demolition man who claims to be an immigrant from Hungary. After Xavier falls into a hole, he suffers bizarre humiliations and eventually loses his job. Soon he and his singing frog are hired to perform in a vaudeville show in which violence and ugliness blend like a cartooni with comedy and music. Vaudeville! , Gaétan Soucy's fascinating tableau, dares us to look into the darkest sides of the human experience.

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About the author (2003)

Gaétan Soucy was born in Montreal, Quebec on October 21, 1958. He studied physics at Université de Montréal, completed a Master's degree in philosophy, and studied Japanese language and literature at McGill University. His first novel, L'Immaculee Conception (The Immaculate Conception), was nominated for the 2006 Giller Prize. His other works include L'Acquittement (Atonement), La Petite Fille Qui Aimait Trop les Allumettes (The Little Girl Who Was Too Fond of Matches) and Music-Hall! (Vaudeville!). He taught philosophy at a college near Montreal. He died of a heart attack on July 9, 2013 at the age of 54.

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