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Author: Natalie Fournier

Posted on Mar 19, 2019

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The Haïtian-Québec novelist Marie-Célie Agnant will give a talk on her novel, Le livre d’Emma (The Book of Emma), on Friday, March 22, at 10:30 a.m. in Tilley Hall, 200.

The reading, which will be given in French, is open to the public.

Confined to a psychiatric hospital in Montreal following the murder of her own daughter, Emma refuses to speak any language but creole. An interpreter, Flore, is brought in to help evaluate Emma's fitness to stand trial. Both crazy and too lucid, Emma relates her long battle against despair in a racist society and through tales of the suffering and resistance of her female forebears sent to the New World on slave ships.

Le livre d’Emma frequently interrogates problems of language, translation, and text. Implicitly, it posits History – characterized by men, writing, and clinical science – against Memory – characterized by women, oral storytelling, and dream interpretation. The unspeakable horror of what enslaved black women went through manifests itself in the struggle of sharing their story.

This event is sponsored by the UNBF's Department of French and by the Canada Council for the Arts.  For more information contact Robert Viau at 447-3244 or

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