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Portrait of a Husband with the Ashes of His Wife

Portrait of a Husband with the Ashes of His Wife

By Pan Bouyoucas Sheila Fischman

Portrait of a Husband with the Ashes of His Wife addresses themes of destiny and the repercussions of our choices. Before she dies, actress Alma Joncas instructs her husband to bury her ashes where she was happiest. He decides that was their garden. But relatives, friends and Alma's colleagues disagree. After they tell him where they think she was happiest, not only is he no longer sure about the garden, he wonders if he truly knew the woman he was married to for twenty-four years.


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125 pages |

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Bouyoucas constructs a narrative marked by a sensitivity, a subtlety of analysis and an ability to grasp the ambiguities that make us human … And like a magician, he makes the whole thing hum along zestfully.

Suzanne Giguère, Le Devoir

A very profound and touching book.

Aude Jimenez, Radio-Canada International

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About the author

Pan Bouyoucas is a Montreal prize-winning writer, playwright, and translator whose novels and plays have been translated into several languages. Two of his novels were written originally in English: The Man Who Wanted to Drink Up the Sea, which was selected by France’s FNAC as one of the 12 best novels of 2005, and The Tattoo, which was longlisted for the 2012 Re-Lit Award.

Sheila Fischman is the award-winning translator of nearly 200 works of fiction from Quebec. She has been awarded the Molson Prize in the Arts and is a Member of the Order of Canada and a chevalier of the Ordre national du Québec. She lives in Montreal.