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To Live and Die in Scoudouc

by Herménégilde Chiasson
translated by Jo-Anne Elder

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list price: $19.95
edition:eBook
also available: Paperback
category: Poetry
published: 2018
ISBN:9781773100364
imprint: Icehouse Poetry
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First published in 1974, Mourir à Scoudouc emerged out of a period of cultural awakening. Chiasson's poems denounced the narrow limitations of the past and traced the lines of a fresh collective vision. The poems were lyrical, referentially modern, and steeped in the rhythms and forms that had emerged from the Americas, Europe, and India.

Now, more than 40 years later, Herménégilde Chiasson is considered to be the father of Acadian modernism, and Mourir à Scoudouc is widely regarded as one of the foundational works of modern Acadian literature. Several of the poems, including the oft-anthologized long poem, "Eugénie Melanson," have now achieved iconic status, appearing frequently in books, magazines, and films — in French and in English.

To Live and Die in Scoudouc is the first English edition of this seminal collection. It replicates Chiasson's design of the 2017 edition and features his own photographs as well as his new introductory essay.

Although several of the poems have been previously translated, To Live and Die in Scoudouc features fresh renditions by Jo-Anne Elder, who worked closely with Chiasson on the translations.

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About the Authors

Herménégilde Chiasson

Herménégilde Chiasson is a poet, playwright, artist, filmmaker, and statesman. His book of poems Conversations (Editions d'Acadie, 1998) won the Governor General's Literary Award in 1999. From 2003 to 2009, he was Lieutenant-Governor of New Brunswick.
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Jo-Anne Elder

Jo-Anne Elder is a writer, translator and editor whose articles on translation and women have been widely published. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Sherbrooke in comparative Canadian literature.

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