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First released in l965, Hubert Aquin’s Next Episode is a stressful and but deeply relocating novel of dissent and misery. As he awaits trial, a tender separatist writes an espionage tale within the psychiatric ward of the Montreal felony the place he has been detained. Sheila Fischman’s daring new translation captures the pulsating lifetime of Aquin’s advanced exploration of the political realities of up to date Quebec.

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What’s his identify back? ” “Carl von Ryndt. yet in fact you can’t belief it. He’s a banker like hundreds of thousands of different Swiss. In Basel a couple of months in the past he was once calling himself de Heute or de Heutz. He claimed to be Belgian (he even affected the accessory) and that he used to be writing a thesis on Scipio Africanus …” “Mystifying! ” “But take heed to this! Pierre – the boss, that's – had him undefined, which wasn’t effortless with a chook like him. I’ll spare you the old theories he used to be basing his thesis on. There’s anything scary, think me, approximately giving your self a canopy like that: it’s approximately as advanced as attempting to go as an apostolic nuncio and really announcing a pontifical mass whole with deacons and the rest … In any occasion, von Ryndt couldn’t shock me to any extent further. In Basel he used to be such a success at passing himself off as a historian of the Roman wars that he really gave scholarly lectures on Scipio Africanus. we all know now that von Ryndt is supposedly writing a thesis that used to be truly written 100 years in the past by means of a few well-known guy nobody’s ever heard of! He spends much less time within the collage library than within the annex of the Federal Palace in Berne, claiming he’s doing learn within the federal capital: for a very long time von Ryndt performed a Belgian historian, very studious and focusing on a mostly unknown interval of Roman background. through the top of our research, de Heute or de Heutz – von Ryndt’s double, that's – proved to be exceptionally clever and downright harmful for us … You be aware of, on the grounds that my separation I’ve checked out issues extra coldly than I used to. to inform the reality, I replaced my philosophy of lifestyles by means of creating a mess of my own … What are you puzzling over? You glance so unhappy suddenly … Disaster doesn’t frighten me from now on. I don’t imagine I’ll ever pass though one other interval as bleak because the previous 365 days, which I spent in lodge rooms in Manchester, London, Brussels, Berne, or Geneva, in transit in all these towns and obliged to maintain a daring entrance. i believe I went via a serious melancholy: i used to be on medicine for your time, yet I’ve by no means long past for therapy. Now it’s over. How do I appear to you? glance how fantastic it really is at the lake simply now. If I have been a millionaire, I’d purchase a villa the following at the shore of the lake. And whilst i used to be depressed, I wouldn’t budge from my villa. I’d simply remain there and think about the mountains, the best way we’re doing correct now …” “It’s great round Vevey. have you learnt Clarens? No … Or possibly at the shore among St-Prex and Allaman – yet I’m dreaming too. We’ll by no means be millionaires except we make off with the cash of the association and pull a few profitable holdups … But if I ever made 1000000, I wouldn’t sink my capital right into a Swiss chalet. I’d fairly open an account on the Fabrique Nationale or Solingen …” “You’re correct. There’s no golden retirement for us, no longer even a calm existence so long as we can’t dwell in most cases in our state. this night, I’m in Lausanne. In a couple of days the association will ship me someplace else …” i used to be misplaced in her gaze, a black lake the place simply that morning I had visible the sunlight emerge, naked and flamboyant.

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