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First released in l965, Hubert Aquin’s Next Episode is a traumatic 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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