Sunday, August 26, 2007

Anne Hebert (1916-2000)

Sierra Club

Tiny Little Pains

Tiny little pains
Ordinary ones
Strewn on the meadow at noon

Children's tears
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 Hebert Obituary]

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