Cette maison n’est pas la mienne
Winner of the 2009 Prix Émile-Nelligan, Cette maison n’est pas la mienne is an ambitious and inventive book, featuring four characters (Enid Marsh, Andrew McBeth, Cliff Robertson and the poet himself), all related to the story of an (un)inhabited house. Composed of five movements using a narrative style of poetry, this complex work—although never abstruse—plunges the reader into a reflection on the successive lives of the houses we inhabit, the share of invention granted to the photo archives, and the flawed memory that inscribes them in our lives.
Around a table where the story of a photo album comes to life, where hallucinated hands and shapes bustle about, we witness in this third book by François Turcot a multitude of encounters, all governed by imaginary lives. The house—like a kaleidoscope turned upon itself, or a Rubik’s cube whose total number of sides is impossible to observe all at once—is here inhabited by motives and voices, reassembling before our very eyes.
With a cover illustrated by Caroline Loncol Daigneault, Cette maison n’est pas la mienne fully demonstrates the originality of François Turcot, who manages with this book located somewhere between fiction and autobiography to create bright poetic spaces that are discomforting, fuelled by rigorous linguistic research.
104 pages, 978-2-923530-12-3, $18.95