To See Out the Night

To See Out the Night

by David Clerson (Author), Katia Grubisic (Translator)
Excerpt

In these 12 short stories, scurrying insects and luminous jellyfish reveal a predatory world of childhood fairy tales, lurking shadows, and unrelenting fevers. Individuals are swallowed up by cities and bogs in a celebration of nature and humanity, in all their terrifying glory. Throughout, Clerson draws—and blurs—the lines between man and beast, life and death, as characters strive to see out the night.

PRAISE FOR TO SEE OUT THE NIGHT

“David Clerson is one of the best-kept secrets in Quebec literature. Absolutely fascinating!” Les Effrontées

“These short stories by David Clerson land somewhere between Kafka, Horacio Quiroga, and Raymond Carver . . . Unusual, tragic, and funny.” (Simon Boulerice, arts columnist)

“Clerson’s strange fables lend themselves to shifts in meaning, curious associations, unusual combinations.” ★★★★ (Laurence Perron, Lettres québécoises)

“David Clerson has captured the malaise of our times.” (Josée Boileau, Journal de Montréal)

“A powerful world where the fantastic meets the organic in compelling fashion.” (Jury, Grand Prix du livre de Montréal)

“David Clerson toys with reality. Whether his characters are fleeing it, reinterpreting it, or trying to make sense of it, the unexpected paths they take cast our lives in a different light.” (Sophie Ouimet, La Presse)

“In an apocalyptic world where myth meets dystopia, these short stories conjure up a recognizable present by drawing on the fantastical and the unusual . . . At once comic and profoundly melancholic, this is probably also David Clerson’s most political book. He imagines (without requiring a huge leap of the imagination) a world that ignores its intellectuals as much as it does its misfits.” (Dominic Tardif, Le Devoir)

“A collection of short stories that reads like a thriller, tinged with horror and the uncanny. A remarkable piece of writing.” (Coop Zone Bookstore)

About the Author
David Clerson was born in Sherbrooke, Quebec, in 1978 and lives in Montreal. His first novel, Brothers, also translated by Katia Grubisic for QC Fiction, was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Translation and a National Post Book of the Year.

About the translator
Katia Grubisic is a writer, editor, and translator. She has published translations of works by Marie-Claire Blais, Martine Delvaux, and Stéphane Martelly. Her translation of David Clerson’s first novel, Brothers, was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award for translation.

Publication date
August 30, 2021
Publisher
Page count
134
ISBN
9781771862707
Paper ISBN
9781771862684
File size
1 MB