On the Eighth Day
Translated by Wayne Grady
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In ‘On the Eighth Day’, Antonine Maillet imagines a wider and more exuberant world created by God on the eighth day, “the day when everything is dared and anything is possible.” She spins a tale of two brothers – a giant carved from an oak tree and a scamp shaped out of bread dough – who set off to seek their fortunes. As they wend their way through unforgettable lands – the Timeless Village, the Upside-Down Town, the Path of the Vicious Circle – they make many strange friends.
Antonine Maillet is one of Canada’s best-known writers. The soul of contemporary Acadian literature, Maillet has been responsible for generating pride in her people through her stories depicting strong-willed Acadians. She was the first non-French citizen to win the Prix Goncourt.