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Claude  LeBouthillier
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Source: Mario Landry



Biography

Claude LeBouthilier was born in Bas-Caraquet. After finishing high school in Bas-Caraquet, he studied at Collège de Bathurst (Bachelor of Arts), at the Université de Moncton (Psychology), at Temple University in Philadelphia and at Paris X-Nanterre.



How has New Brunswick influenced your work?

Acadie has had a considerable influence on my work, as is evident in my historical novels, love stories, those that look at society and what we are becoming, not to mention my poetry, which speaks of daily life, the sea and romanticism.

I came back to live in New Brunswick because I could no longer dissociate my writing from my place of origin and my everyday life.

What is your favourite New Brunswick book, and why?

My favourite book: L’Acadie perdue by Michel Roy. The writing is sublime, the analysis forceful, though it was not nuanced enough with respect to religious influences. I hope, however, that he is not right about the future of Acadie, as he worries about our survival.

What do you consider to be the highlight of your career so far?

The fact that ordinary people, who are touched by my writing, encourage me to keep going. The Order of Canada, which emphasizes my contribution, as a novelist, chronicler and poet, to Canadian literature, as well as to the renewal of the Acadian novel.

Literary prizes

Order of Canada - 2009
Nomination -  Prix des lecteurs de Radio-Canada - 2008 In recognition of: Karma et coups de foudre
Nomination -  Prix Ringuet from the Académie des lettres du Québec - 2008 In recognition of: Karma et coups de foudre
Pascal Poirier Award - 2000
Prix Eloizes - 1999 In recognition of: Le borgo de l’écumeuse
Prix France-Acadie - 1990 In recognition of: Le feu du mauvais temps
Prix Champlain - 1989 In recognition of: Le feu du mauvais temps

Featured Publication


Karma et coups de foudre
(2007)
Excerpt:

Je l’aimais passionnément, à la folie. J’étais envoûté. Le choc d’égarement amoureux : oubli, insomnie, sentiment aérien de légèreté, rêveries, soupirs, puisque mon cœur n’avait pas ce qu’il désirait à chaque instant. Et j’avais peur également. Mes coups de foudre avaient toujours été dévastateurs.


J’étais son confesseur dans le petit confessionnal de la chapelle Sixtine. Notre première rencontre, si l’on peut dire, eut lieu lors d’un orage particulièrement violent; la foudre avait frappé l’antenne de Radio-Vatican – pourtant bien protégée par des paratonnerres. Était-ce de bon ou de mauvais augure? Tout commença par la voix, une voix chaude et pure.


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