Portrait of a Husband with the Ashes of His Wife

By Pan Bouyoucas
Translated by Sheila Fischman

Portrait of a Husband with the Ashes of His Wife
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Portrait of a Husband with the Ashes of His Wife addresses themes of destiny and the repercussions of our choices. Before she dies, actress Alma Joncas instructs her husband to bury her ashes where she was happiest. He decides that was their garden. But relatives, friends and ... Read more


Overview

Portrait of a Husband with the Ashes of His Wife addresses themes of destiny and the repercussions of our choices. Before she dies, actress Alma Joncas instructs her husband to bury her ashes where she was happiest. He decides that was their garden. But relatives, friends and Alma's colleagues disagree. After they tell him where they think she was happiest, not only is he no longer sure about the garden, he wonders if he truly knew the woman he was married to for twenty-four years.

Pan Bouyoucas

Pan Bouyoucas is a Montreal prize-winning writer, playwright, and translator whose novels and plays have been translated into several languages. Two of his novels were written originally in English: The Man Who Wanted to Drink Up the Sea, which was selected by France’s FNAC as one of the 12 best novels of 2005, and The Tattoo, which was longlisted for the 2012 Re-Lit Award.

Excerpt

Alma Joncas was one of the most acclaimed, the most venerated actresses in all Quebec. Until the day she turned fifty.

Reviews

A very profound and touching book.

Aude Jimenez, Radio-Canada International

Bouyoucas constructs a narrative marked by a sensitivity, a subtlety of analysis and an ability to grasp the ambiguities that make us human … And like a magician, he makes the whole thing hum along zestfully.

Suzanne Giguère, Le Devoir

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