Necessary Betrayals

Necessary Betrayals, Vigneault, Guillaume, tr. from French by Susan Ouriou, Douglas & McIntyre, Toronto, Ontario, 2002

Shortlisted for the 2003 Governor General's Award for Literary Translation

Named one of the best books of the year by the Globe & Mail 


The Vancouver Sun, Oct. 19, 2002 "The deceptive ease with which Necessary Betrayals unfurls on the page is also, of course, the mark of a good translator - in this case, Calgary-based Susan Ouriou . . . Did Vigneault work closely with Ouriou on the translation, or did he just sit back and let her journey on her own? "I'll answer 'b'," he says. "Trying to control everything is a different full-time job. Basically, I read it once it was printed. I expected I'd feel weird all over . . . but no, it feels like it was written in English, I find. A good sign was that I felt, when I read it, 'Damn, I can really write great in English!" Melanie Little

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