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Hungry as the Sea (Au péril de la mer)



Original Language: French | 176 pp. | September 2015

2 Seas Represents: Dutch and Nordic rights.


It is always a real pleasure to let yourself be guided through the new regions, earthly and human, that Dominique Fortier creates. — Cynthia Brisson, Les libraires

The writing of Dominique Fortier is upheld by a rich language, beautiful and evocative. The recurring use of words deriving from old French adds a pertinent patina to this journey imbued with touching and luminous moments.  ★  Mario Cloutier, La Presse

It is an absolutely magnificent book. — Chrystine Brouillet, Salut, bonjour! week-end

In its library’s golden age, the Mont-Saint-Michel was known as the Realm of Books. That is where, during the 15th century, a painter haunted by the memory of the one he loved finds refuge inside the grey walls of the abbey. It is there, between sky and sea, that a novelist searching for the Realm of Books will find the painter five hundred years later. They will meet on the pages of a journal left out in the rain.

At once a novel and a journal, Hungry as the sea is a fabulous homage to books and to those who create them, written in the spirit of Pascal Quignard and Alberto Manguel.

Dominique Fortier was born in 1972. She holds a Ph.D. in literature from McGill University and is a respected editor and literary translator. Hungry as the sea is longlisted for the Quebec Bookseller’s Prize and the English rights are already sold to Coach House Books. Dominique lives in Montreal.