Madame Victoria

Madame Victoria


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In 2001, a woman’s skeleton was found in the woods overlooking Montreal’s Royal Victoria Hospital. Despite an audit of the hospital’s patient records, a forensic reconstruction of the woman’s face, missing-person appeals, and DNA tests that revealed not only where she had lived, but how she ate, the woman was never identified. Assigned the name Madame Victoria, her remains were placed in a box in an evidence room and, eventually, forgotten. But not by Catherine Leroux, who constructs in her form-bending Madame Victoria twelve different histories for the unknown woman. Like musical variations repeating a theme, each Victoria meets her end only after Leroux resurrects her, replacing the anonymous circumstances of her death with a vivid re-imagining of her possible lives. And in doing so, Madame Victoria becomes much more than the story of one unknown and unnamed woman: it becomes a celebration of the lives and legacies of unknown women everywhere. By turns elegiac, playful, poignant, and tragic, Madame Victoria is an unforgettable book about the complexities of individual lives and the familiar ways in which they overlap.
Publisher: Windsor, Ontario : Biblioasis, 2018
ISBN: 9781771962070
Characteristics: 206 pages ; 21 cm


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Dec 09, 2018

This is a book to luxuriate in the language of. Poor grammar there - sorry.
But looking at the books the translator chooses or has been chosen to translate it's difficult to know if the words on the page are the author's or the translator's.
In either case the chapters are short, all end or seem to end in the death of the 'character' (since the skeleton is the start of the premise) and each imagining at first seems different from the last but later the connection(s) become clearer.

Recommended to be read in short bursts rather than all at once. But recommended and if enjoyed then follow the translator.

debwalker Sep 17, 2018

When an unidentified woman's skeleton is found in the woods. Told through 12 possible histories for la morte, the Atkinson Life After Life tecnique. And what might have been.


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