Character Study: Readopolis

July 13, 2017

When we heard that author-translator dream team Bertrand Laverdure and Oana Avasilichioaei (of the strange and meta narrative Universal Bureau of Copyrights) were pairing up again for  Readopolis (BookThug), the English version of Laverdure's Lectodôme, we couldn't help but ask them what their dream cast would be for the film adaptation of the book. Keep scrolling for the result.

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Our new and improved Character Study column takes the CanLit books you love and re-imagines them as Hollywood movies: who would play your favourite bookish characters and why.

 

 

Readopolis strikes a chord with writing and publishing folks – main character Ghislain is an editorial board reader for a publisher – and then pushes that chord to the brink. What if reading was a transformative and teleportational act, bringing the reader away from their everyday doldrums and to the sparsely-inhabited Readopolis? Told over a plethora of writing media – narrative, sure, but emails, screenplays, letters, too – the novel's protagonist staggers between reality and Readopolis, finding it increasingly difficult to tell which is which. We couldn't think of a better plot for a movie.

 

Bertrand, ever wonderful, sent us his "dream of the dream of the dream cast !!!"

 

READOPOLIS
Director: TODD SOLONDZ

Main characters:
Ghislain (the reader): KIERAN CULKIN
Courrège: SAOIRSE RONAN
Maldonne: CHLOE GRACE MORETZ
Pascal: NICOLAS CANUEL
Baldacci: MARIANA MAZZA
Greengrass: EDDIE REDMAYNE
Lucrecios: ETHAN HAWKE
(voice of Laverdure Parrot): SACHA BARON COHEN

He also gave us the direction: "I propose an abstract kind of poster, a la Calder or Tinguely style. Like a Hitchcock poster or a fifties arthouse geometrical stylish poster."

Oana, equally wonderful, sent us some photos from a recent trip to Chicago for the poster. We used the one of a building, looking up.

 

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Is it clear we had a blast with this one? Because we did. For some background colour, check out this reading of Readopolis in both the original French and translation, at the BookThug Spring 2017 launch.

 

 

 

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Thanks so much to Bertrand and Oana for their enthusiastic participation, and to Hazel at BookThug for connecting us. Don't miss our Character Study for Universal Bureau of Copyrights, nor  Readopolis, available now. For more Character Study, click here.


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