Am I Disturbing You?

Am I Disturbing You?

Book - 1999
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Perseus Publishing
This is the story of Édouard, Stéphane, and the spirited girl they find alone and apparently lost in Paris. When the two men offer the young Quebec girl shelter for the night, their lives are profoundly and irrevocably changed. Stéphane falls quickly for Delphine, but Édouard, a man without expectations who hides from the world in a life of mediocrity and whose only desire is to live and die quietly, is slower to accept her. He is disturbed by Delphine's abrupt arrival in his life, her strange accent, her excessive passion. Then, just as he opens himself to her exuberance and vulnerability, he is torn violently from her and left to unravel the mysteries of her sudden presence and absence. Anne Hébert's fifth novel in translation (originally published under the title Est-ce que je te dérange?) springs from a place between dream and reality, and offers a disturbing look into the workings of fascination and obsession. Tortured love, broken childhoods, and the forces of nature and death are woven into this extraordinary, poetic tale from one of Canada's most important writers.

Independent Publishing Group
"When Edouard and Stéphane offer Dephpine shelter for the night, they become caught in the maelstorm of her swirling tales, her gusts of rage, and her engulfing loneliness."

Publisher: Toronto : Anasi, c1999
ISBN: 9780887846403
Branch Call Number: HEB
Characteristics: 92 p
Additional Contributors: Fischman, Sheila


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Apr 21, 2015

For such a short story to evoke interest, emotion and fascination in it's characters is always a sign of a great writer. Even read in translation, I could tell this author was able to create a fantastic work. I assume it would be even better in the original.

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