Sunday, August 26, 2007
Anne Hebert (1916-2000)
Tiny Little Pains
Tiny little pains
Strewn on the meadow at noon
Laid out to dry on the green grass
Melt in the sun
Rise to heaven
They're so light and transparent
They mingle with clouds
Leaving no visible trace or complaint
In the pure air. - Translated from the French by A. Poulin, Jr.
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Anne Hebert, novelist, poet and playwright and a key figure in French-Canadian literature for more than half a century. Hebert wrote what many consider her greatest novel, Kamouraska, in 1970. The book was later made into a film by director Claude Jutra, and - like much of her work - was translated into English. The recipient of many national and international prizes, Hebert has been praised for her vivid imagination and literary artistry.
In 1982, she won France's prestigious Femina prize for her work Les Fous de Bassan. Hebert's Am I Disturbing You was a finalist for the 1999 Giller prize for Canadian fiction. Her last book, Un Habit d'Lumiere, was published in French in 2000. Her other books translated into English over the years included: Day Has No Equal but the Night, Anne Hebert: Selected Poems, The Torrent, The Silent Rooms, The First Garden and In the Shadow of the Wind. [Adapted from Slick.org Hebert Obituary]
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