Original title: Faunes

Publication Date:

November 2018



Original language and publisher

French | Editions Alto

Territories Handled

Netherlands, North America, Scandinavia

Territories Sold

English (World) (Coach House)
Spanish (Spain) (Volcano)


Debut Novel, Literary Fiction


Original title: Faunes


“★★★★ – A new novelist you must read.”— La Presse

“This dark, sensual novel invites the reader to imagine nature thriving in the toxic aftermath of human domination, and makes for an essential addition to the recent crop of eco-fiction.” — Publishers Weekly

“Vadnais’s language is a wild garden that encompasses and devours all life.” — Heather O’Neill

You would think that Laura, a biologist possessed of insatiable curiosity, is actually leading several lives, because she constantly finds herself in strange places: the fog-filled city of Shivering Heights, a tiny floating hamlet in the middle of danger-infested waters, the High Arctic with its ravenous bears. A willing witness to uncontrollable climatic change, she will be made to suffer the terrible consequences.

A feverish and uncompromising debut novel, Faunes (Fauna) leads the reader into a disconcerting but enchanting gothic world.

Somewhere between the universes of Guillermo Del Toro and Haruki Murakami, Faunes (Fauna) is a sensual and provocative journey through an America faced with the resurgence of its brutal past.

Marketing Information

  • Winner – Prix des Horizons imaginaires
  • Winner – Prix de la création littéraire de Québec
  • Winner – Prix du CALQ (Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec) with $10,000 cash award