Le Roman vrai by Marcelle Brisson

By Marcelle Brisson

Très connue dans les milieux féministes et de l'écriture, Marcelle Brisson demeure malheureusement méconnue du grand public. Son récit autobiographique permettra sans doute de mieux faire connaître cette determine généreuse et influente du Québec contemporain.

Marcelle Brisson est une determine à los angeles fois emblématique et singulière du monde intellectuel québécois. D'abord guidée par une quête de l'absolu qui pendant 10 ans lui fera emprunter los angeles voie religieuse (durant toute cette période elle mènera los angeles vie bénédictine de façon exemplaire), elle finira, à l. a. suite d'une grave dépression, par demander à Rome d'être relevée de ses voeux.

Sortie du monastère, elle emprunte radicalement los angeles voie laïque. Diplômée de philosophie, engagée socialement et politiquement, elle oeuvrera sans limit dans un enseignement démocratique et destiné à los angeles majorité. Même si sa diplomation lui ouvrait les portes de l'université, elle persista dans un enseignement collégial qui marqua plusieurs générations de cégépiens québécois. Dès 1969, sa rencontre avec le grand philosophe français Mikel Dufresne est déterminante. C'est le début d'une histoire d'amour accompagnée de lettres et de rencontres. Elle le rejoint en France en 1991 et partagera sa vie à Paris jusqu'à sa mort en 1995.

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Le Roman vrai

Très connue dans les milieux féministes et de l'écriture, Marcelle Brisson demeure malheureusement méconnue du grand public. Son récit autobiographique permettra sans doute de mieux faire connaître cette determine généreuse et influente du Québec contemporain.

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There he was again, filling the wardrobe mirror, a comically overweight middle-aged man, as grotesquely obese as anyone I had seen since I had filmed in the American midwest the year before. I inspected the bulk of this disgusting mountain of blubber from tip to toe and began to weep. I had spent the last quarter-century seeing myself on large and small screens and photographed in newspapers and had never been under any illusions concerning my physical appearance. But for some reason on that evening in that room I saw myself as I was.

He remembered the incident with absolute clarity. 'I say these things,' were, he maintains, my exact words. Regularly caned, always in trouble, never stable, never settled in or secure, I left prep school a sugar addict, thief, fantasist and liar. The pattern continued at my next school, Uppingham in Rutland. More stealing, more sweets. By this time the sheer quantity of sugary food I had gorged upon was beginning to take a real and painful physical toll. Not in the waistline, for I was as skinny as a pencil, but in the mouth.

Dominic Clarke, the hero, if such a title can used of so warped a character, delivers a speech in the second act in which he describes and conflates his first sexual and smoking experience. One of those painful steps towards manhood was my first smoke. It was behind the fives courts of my house at school, with a boy called Prestwick-Agutter. I can remember it as if it were five minutes ago. Prestwick-Agutter opened his packet of Carlton Premium and drew out a short, thin ... cigarette. As my lips rounded about the tip I began to feel panic.

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