The Vast Expanse

Original title: Les grands espaces

Publication Date:

November 2021



Original language and publisher

French | Editions Alto

Territories Handled

Netherlands, North America, Scandinavia


Literary Fiction

The Vast Expanse

Original title: Les grands espaces


A unique and moving novel that leaves us with a feeling of freedom, like a reminder of our own personal trajectories in all their beauty and their might. — Catherine Leroux

In the North, Anna meets a man known as the Grizzly, when she collapses from fatigue while crossing Lake Baikal. In the West, in the early sixties, fiery Eleonore dreams of freedom, adventure, and Yuri Gagarin. In the East, back in the nineties, a young Anna shares a compartment aboard the Trans-Siberian with Gaby. In the South, an invisible writer pieces together fragments from her life that have filtered into her novel.

All these characters share a desire to follow their instincts and a need to reconcile their hunger for space and adventure with their roots and the ties that bind them. In this powerful road novel, Annie Perreault has created a fragmentary and polyphonic work, a tale of daring journeys across landscapes too vast to feel at home in.

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