François Barcelo has been one of Quebec’s leading writers for more than three decades. Beginning with his first novel in 1981, Agénor, Agénor, Agénor et Agénor, he has gone on to write more than sixty works of various genres that demonstrate his virtuosity as a writer.
His writings include Science Fiction, road novels, mysteries, essays, novels for young people and illustrated books for small children. Throughout his work there are elements of humour and fantasy that make his books a unique experience.
The recognition that he has won includes awards such as The TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award in 2005 and the Governor General’s Award in 2007, besides a shortlisting for the Prix du polar de Cognac in 2008. He has also served as Writer in Residence in Lyons and Nuits-Saint-Georges in France and on Reunion Island.
François Barcelo was the first writer from Quebec to see his mystery novels published in Gallimard’s famous “Série Noire”, and his novel Cadavres was made into a film by Erik Canuel in 2008. Three of his books have been translated into Italian, and a number of his short stories have been published in English, Dutch, Chinese and Spanish.
François Barcelo was born in Montreal in 1941. After a long career in advertising, in 1988 he turned to travelling and writing full-time.
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Take Five (and five more)
by Francois Barcelo
Dark humor--six short stories by François Barcelo, Quebec's maestro of the genre. This translation will give English-readers a taste of the sparkling wit and inventiveness of one of Quebec's most popular writers. When things are going from bad to worse, the reader can never be sure how Barcelo will resolve the dilemma.
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