Saga of the Wet Hens
By Jovette Marchessault
Translated by Linda Gaboriau
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One night in the Promised Land of the North of the Americas, at the centre of a fabulous vortex, four women—Laure Conan, Germaine Guèvremont, Gabrielle Roy and Anne Hèbert—meet, and perform six tableaux. Onstage, the women talk and gallop, they sit and rock; they descend ... Read more
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One night in the Promised Land of the North of the Americas, at the centre of a fabulous vortex, four women—Laure Conan, Germaine Guèvremont, Gabrielle Roy and Anne Hèbert—meet, and perform six tableaux. Onstage, the women talk and gallop, they sit and rock; they descend from the heavens like angels, they menstruate, they sing; they bake bread, they eat, they say Mass; they trade secrets, recite poetry, share their hopes and fears, their dreams and private terrors; they look into history, decide to collaborate, they write; they become hens, they support and give birth to each other—and to all women everywhere. Saga of the Wet Hens is Jovette Marchessault’s first full-length play and a major poetic dramatic literary work.
Linda Gaboriau is an award-winning literary translator based in Montréal. Her translations of plays by Québec’s most prominent playwrights have been published and produced across Canada and abroad. In her work as a literary manager and dramaturge, she has directed numerous translation residencies and international exchange projects. She is the founding director of the Banff International Literary Translation Centre. Gaboriau has twice won the Governor General’s Award for Translation: in 1996, for Daniel Danis’s Stone and Ashes, and in 2010, for Wajdi Mouawad’s Forests.
“Potent feminist literature. ”
—Quill & Quire
“[Marchessault’s] fiction is lyrical and heartfelt, her drama literary, allusive and absolutely original. ”
—Books in Canada
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- Dimensions 136 pages, 140.00 x 216 x 0.375 in
- Published January 1, 1983
- Publisher Talonbooks
- Category Drama
- Keywords Canadian
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