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One

One

An elegant testimony to the beautiful and the good, Serge Patrice Thibodeau's One pays homage to the vibrancy and vigor of life, backdropped against the precarious immediacy of the everyday.

From the tiny trunk of opening lines taken from Paul Valéry, Thibodeau unpacks a vision of human consciousness that exists in a state of singular wonder, creating a universe that is at once faithful and ever-changing like the tidal bore — the landscape of mascaret. Thibodeau boldly blends anecdotes, pop-ups, leitmotifs, ecological awareness, and the inner world in variations on the theme of wholeness.


Jo-Anne Elder is the editor of Ellipse. She has translated a dozen novels and poetry collections including Herménégilde Chiasson's Climates and Conversations, both of which were shortlisted for the Atlantic Poetry Prize.

Governor General's Literary Award for Translation
Governor General's Award for Poetry

"Writing in the meditative tradition of Valéry, Bachelard, and Bonnefoy, Serge Patrice Thibodeau creates a heightened, musical engagement with the landscapes both present and remembered." — Don McKay

"Thibodeau summons us out of ourselves into a searing attention — to the history, to the land — and translator Jo-Anne Elder faithfully captures that shiver of being in a world that knows far more than we do." — Katia Grubisic

64 pages
Pub date: April 24, 2009