This short, astonishing novel conjures up the solitary daily life of Bilodo, a postman who shares his Montreal apartment with his goldfish, Bill. As a result of his indiscretion (the steaming open of personal correspondence), Bilodo becomes involved in an exchange of haiku between the woman of his dreams, a Guadeloupean beauty, and Gaston Grandpre, an eccentric intellectual whose mail Bilodo delivers. Around these events, Denis theriault weaves a passionate tragicomic love story full of twists and turns, but also rich in dazzling descriptions of lush, tropical landscapes and subtle evocations of the sober, precise art of the haiku. All this takes place against the prosaic background of a life deeply rooted in an unvarying routine. Suzanne Gigu, reviewing the novel in Le Devoir, wrote: "Le facteur tif is a captivating philosophical tale in which everything happens in slow motion, as in a dream. Endowed with a powerful imagination, Denis Thault proves to be a fabulous storyteller."
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About the Author
Denis Thériault is an award-winning screenwriter living in Montreal. After studying psychology and drama, he began to write for the stage and television. L'Iguane (The Iguana), Theriault's first novel, was published to great critical acclaim and won three major literary prizes: the Prix Anne-Hebert 2002, the Prix France-Quebec/Jean Hamelin 2001, and the Prix Odyssee 2002 for best first novel.
Liedewy Hawke has won both the Canada Council Translation Prize and the John Glassco Translation Prize, and has been nominated twice for the Governor Generalís Literary Award for Translation (French to English). She lives in Toronto.