Synapses

By (author): Simon Brousseau

Translated by: Pablo Strauss

Formally inventive, Simon Brousseau’s Synapses orchestrates a series of beautifully crafted literary snapshots, each involving a different character, eloquently presented using a sole, twisting and turning, stylistically accomplished sentence written in the second-person singular. Brousseau depicts a vast society of differing psyches and souls, all unique and idiosyncratic, yet interconnected, quasi neurologically, in a dialogic network of humanity. With Synapses, his first novel, Brousseau realizes the surprising feat of a pointillist literary masterpiece.

AUTHOR

Pablo Strauss

Pablo Strauss was born in Williams Lake, grew up in Victoria, and has lived in Québec City for over a decade. He has translated several works of Québec fiction and published shorter translations and reviews in Granta, Geist, and The Montreal Review of Books.

AUTHOR

Simon Brousseau

Simon Brousseau was born in Québec City in 1985. He lives in Montréal and teaches literature at Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf. Synapses was a finalist for the 2016 Grand Prix de la ville de Montréal. His dissertation on the work of David Foster Wallace and the question of literary influence will be published by Éditions Nota bene in 2019. He is also the author of a collection of short stories, Les fins heureuses (Le Cheval d’août, 2018).

Reviews

“By situating the reader in a multitude of perspectives, [Brousseau] pushes the limits of human empathy in ways that a traditional novel cannot”
Montréal Review of Books


“The mind searches for and finds pleasing dialogic connections between the snapshots.”
—Ian MacLean, The Malahat Review


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Formally inventive, Simon Brousseau’s Synapses orchestrates a series of beautifully crafted literary snapshots, each involving a different character, eloquently presented using a sole, twisting and turning, stylistically accomplished sentence written in the second-person singular. Brousseau depicts a vast society of differing psyches and souls, all unique and idiosyncratic, yet interconnected, quasi neurologically, in a dialogic network of humanity. With Synapses, his first novel, Brousseau realizes the surprising feat of a pointillist literary masterpiece.

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Details

Dimensions:

225 Pages
8in * 203mm * 5in * 127mm * 0.3125in8mm
152gr
5.375oz

Published:

May 15, 2019

City of Publication:

Vancouver

Country of Publication:

CA

Publisher:

Talonbooks

ISBN:

9781772012231

Book Subjects:

FICTION / Literary

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Language:

eng

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