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Past Finalist: Translation

Thunder and Light

Nigel Spencer 

Cover: Thunder and Light by Nigel Spencer

(House of Anansi Press; distributed by Raincoast Books; English translation of Dans la foudre et la lumière, by Marie-Claire Blais (Les Éditions du Boréal) )
(ISBN 0-88784-176-7 )

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Jury's Comment
Nigel Spencer's translation, like Marie-Claire Blais' novel, gathers in rhythm and intensity as it draws the reader inexorably into its world. Spencer rises to the many challenges of Blais' prose with deftness and grace, teaching us to read in a new way.

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Nigel Spencer has given English Canadians the opportunity to discover the works of some of Canada’s finest Francophone writers. He wins his third GG award in 2012 with Mai at the Predators’ Ball, his fourth translation in the current novel-cycle by literary icon Marie-Claire Blais. He has also worked as an actor, journalist and teacher of literature, theatre and African Studies. He was an advisor to the Minister of Education of the Republic of Guinea and in 1987, received a Proclamation of Recognition for this work from the country’s president. Nigel Spencer grew up in London, England and in Montréal, where he currently lives. 

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