NCL 84 – Prochain Episode by Hubert Aquin


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Prochain Episode was not included in Series One.


Prochain Episode by Hubert Aquin (New Canadian Library N84)

Series Two

From the Back Cover:

Published in French in Montreal in 1965 and in Paris in 1966, Hubert Aquin’s Prochain Episode was widely acclaimed as an angry, disturbing and yet deeply moving novel of dissent.

Time passes. History gives new, not-soon-to-be-forgotten meaning to old and often ordinary words. Future generations, benefitting from that time will, hopefully, see and more importantly recognize, the novel as a communiqué–perhaps the first, certainly one of the earliest, attempts to communicate the political realities of present day Quebec to Canada and the world.

Aquin’s story is that of a young separatist awaiting trial, writing an espionage story in the psychiatric ward of the Montreal prison where he has been detained. With exciting, whirling skill, Aquin interweaves his story with the story within while we as readers watch the prisoner and read the fervid workings of his obsessed and angry mind.


Prochain Episode by Hubert Aquin (New Canadian Library N84) front coverSeries Three

From the Back Cover:

“…touched with rebellion which gives it vibration, life and justification.” – Arts, Paris

This complex and beautifully written novel was first published in Quebec in 1965 and in France in 1966. It was widely acclaimed as an angry, disturbing, and yet deeply moving novel of dissent.

Aquin’s story is that of a young separatist awaiting trail, writing an espionage story in the psychiatric ward of the Montreal prison where he has been detained. With exciting, whirling skill, Aquin interweaves his story with the story within while we as readers watch the prisoner and read the fervid workings of his obsessed and angry mind.

With an introduction by Ronald Sutherland.


Next Episode by Hubert Aquin (New Canadian Library) front coverSeries Five

From the Back Cover:

First published in 1965, Hubert Aquin’s Next Episode is a disturbing and yet deeply moving novel of dissent and distress. As he awaits trial, a young separatist writes an espionage story in the psychiatric ward of the Montreal prison where he has been detained. Sheila Fischman’s bold new translation captures the pulsating life of Aquin’s complex exploration of the political realties of contemporary Quebec.


Next Episode by Hubert Aquin (New Canadian Library) front coverSeries Six

From the Back Cover:

First published in 1965, Hubert Aquin’s Next Episode is a disturbing and yet deeply moving novel of dissent and distress. As he awaits trial, a young separatist writes an espionage story in the psychiatric ward of the Montreal prison where he has been detained. Sheila Fischman’s bold translation captures the pulsating life of Aquin’s complex exploration of the political realties of contemporary Quebec.

Winner of Canada Reads 2003


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