Book - 2016 | First English edition.
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Fiction. Translated by Aimee Wall. On June 6, 2012, Vickie Gendreau was diagnosed with a brain tumour. In between treatments, between hospital stays and her "room of her own," she wrote TESTAMENT, an autofictional novel in which she imagines her death and at the same time, bequeaths to her friends and family both the fragmented story of her last year and the stories of the loved ones who keep her memory alive, in language as raw and flamboyant as she was.

In the teasing and passionate voice of a twenty-three-year-old writer, inspired as much by literature as by YouTube and underground music, Gendreau's sense of image, her relentless self-deprecation, and the true emotion in every sentence add up to an uncompromising work that reflects the life of a young woman who lived without inhibitions, for whom literature meant everything right up until the end.

In this way, TESTAMENT inverts the elegiac, "grief memoir" form and plays with the notion of a last testament, thereby beating any would-be eulogists to the punch.

A challenging work at the level of both form and style, the fragmented, polyphonic nature of the text and its occasionally dense or opaque prose contribute to this novel's incredibly unique voice and style. With its unexpectedly raw and open and somehow still occasionally funny perspectives on illness, dying, and death, this book will appeal to lovers of memoir, autofictional narrative, and readers who appreciate a palpable tension between fact and fiction.
Publisher: Toronto : Bookthug, 2016.
Edition: First English edition.
ISBN: 9781771662529
Branch Call Number: FIC Gendr
Characteristics: 149 pages ; 21 cm


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