Suddenly the Minotaur

Suddenly the Minotaur

by Marie Helene Poitras
     
 

Why did Guatemalan immigrant Mino TorrËs try to rape Quebec student Ariane? What was the failed attemptís aftermath?

In this terse, prize-winning novel, Marie HÈlËne Poitras, with an imagination tutored by the Minotaur myth, offers a controversial tale about a thug who exults in his ferocious urges and is as incorrigible as a primal force.

Overview

Why did Guatemalan immigrant Mino TorrËs try to rape Quebec student Ariane? What was the failed attemptís aftermath?

In this terse, prize-winning novel, Marie HÈlËne Poitras, with an imagination tutored by the Minotaur myth, offers a controversial tale about a thug who exults in his ferocious urges and is as incorrigible as a primal force. TorrËs (the bull) enthusiastically and unapologetically seeks hectic transcendence through rape and recurring fits of epilepsy. Ariane (Ariadne), straying into his twisted, downtown Montreal labyrinth, suffers the consequences of his random sexual predation, though significantly, her refusal to be a terrorized and passive victim haunts him.

Arianeís deliverance from his maze, her conquest of persistent fears, is prolonged past her assailantís capture. Once more she must learn to live and loveñin particular, menñto pick up and follow the thread of human trust, to feel sure again about her flatís dark places and her walk-in cupboardís contents. On the site of the Berlin Wall, in a reunified Germany that has survived its own and other regimesí violent perversions, she permits herself to be gently hoisted up and passed from palm-to-palm over a vast and joy-filled crowd.

she permits herself to be gently hoisted up and passed from palm-to-palm over a vast and joy-filled crowd.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781897190166
Publisher:
Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Limited
Publication date:
01/01/2007
Pages:
162
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.37(d)

Meet the Author

Marie Hélène Poitras is a leader among the new generation of Quebec writers. She won the prestigious Prix Anne-Hébert in 2003 for her first novel, Soudain le Minotaure, the original French version of this book. In 2006 she published a collection of short stories, La Mort de Mignonne et autres histoires. She is a journalist in the cultural field in general and music editor for the Montreal entertainment weekly Voir. She lives in Montreal.

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