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At the Bottom of the Garden

Jacques Brault

translated by E.D. Blodgett

 

At the Bottom of the Garden
by Jacques Brault translated by E.D. Blodgett
ISBN 1-894543-05-X
Prose Poetry 2001

$14.95 CAD/USD

 

"Jacques Brault, Quebec poet, novelist, translator, and essayist, has been honoured with many literary prizes, most notably three Governor General's Awards. At the Bottom of the Garden is a collection of essays, each about a page and a half long, most of which were originally written for radio. These are not 'essays' of the sort insisted upon by teachers of English composition; rather they are 'intimist' essais following Montaigne.... In his preface, translator E.D. Blodgett explains his need to coin the term 'intimist.' It is a recurring concept in these weavings of allusion and quotation, these explorations of writerly thinking that circle their their subjects/objects while never precisely identifying them. Where Blodgett talks of 'sketches that may be read as poems,' it might be more apt to these 'enigmas'.... These essais can provide hours of pleasure for readers who enjoy literary scavenger hunts." Maxianne Berger (Arc)