Mathieu Villeneuve’s pristine prose encompasses the private and the universal in this major debut novel inspired by native American tales, locally coloured literature and the crime novel genre.
David Gagnon sets out to renovate Burnt House, a haunted house in a far-flung mountainous region of Quebec which he has inherited from his great-uncle. He is also determined to cultivate the land and finish his novel, despite the threat of being thrown off his land, the haunting voices, the hallucinations, the rampant weeds, the ticks and the bitter winter weather. Cooped up in this tomb of rotting wood amid the family archives and copious quantities of alcohol, it is the young writer’s destiny to fulfil a savage prophecy which has cursed many a person before him and which will continue to haunt those who are yet to be born.
Borealium tremens is a story about mountainous legends and prophecies, mountain elks driven mad by ticks, haunted houses, lost manuscripts, forest fires and floods.
366 pages, 978-2-924519-55-4 , $ 26.95