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Fischman, Sheila

Works: 169 works in 415 publications in 1 language and 10,914 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Juvenile works  Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Biography  Psychological fiction  Anecdotes  Autobiographical fiction  Picture books  Fables 
Roles: Translator, Author, Editor
Classifications: PQ3979.3.T489, 843.914
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Publications about Sheila Fischman
Publications by Sheila Fischman
Most widely held works about Sheila Fischman
Most widely held works by Sheila Fischman
Ru : a novel by Kim Thúy( Book )
9 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 886 libraries worldwide
A book of rare beauty: Ru is a lullaby of Vietnam and a love letter to a new homeland. Ru: In Vietnamese it means lullaby; in French it is a small stream, but also signifies a flow - of tears, blood, and money. Kim Thuy's Ru is literature at its most crystalline: the flow of a life on the tides of unrest and on to more peaceful waters. In vignettes of exquisite clarity, sharp observation and sly wit, we are carried along on an unforgettable journey from a palatial residence in Saigon to a crowded and muddy Malaysian refugee camp, and onward to a new life in Quebec. There, the young girl feels the embrace of a new community, and revels in the chance to be part of the American Dream. As an adult, the waters become rough again: now a mother of two, she must learn to shape her love around the younger boy's autism. Moving seamlessly from past to present, from history to memory and back again, Ru is a book that celebrates life in all its wonder: its moments of beauty and sensuality, brutality and sorrow, comfort and comedy
The Little Girl Who Was Too Fond of Matches by Gaétan Soucy( file )
8 editions published between 2000 and 2011 in English and held by 353 libraries worldwide
Alone with their bullying father on a vast estate, a sister and brother speak a language and inhabit a universe of their own making. When the old man commits suicide, they are forced into contact with the villagers and their cloak of romance and superstition quickly falls away to reveal shocking truths. Balancing naiveté with carnality, Soucy employs his signature playfulness, plot twists, and fascination with guilt, cruelty, and violence in a narrative tour de force where nothing is quite what it seems
Mercury under my tongue by Sylvain Trudel( Book )
2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 343 libraries worldwide
"Frederick Langlois could be that geeky seventeen-year-old notebook-toting sage found in every high school, feeling deeply, spouting out tiny poems, just a little too old for his years. But Frederick isn't in high school. He's in a hospital ward with other critically ill adolescents, dying of bone cancer." "Mercury Under My Tongue chronicles his short stay there, from his distant but friendly relationship with his therapist (and his mute delight at catching a glimpse of her cleavage), through comic moments in the ward and his emergent friendships with other teenage patients. Some survive, others are lost, and at the end, Frederick must make a final reckoning with himself and his family, one that is both dispassionate and deeply felt."--BOOK JACKET
In translation : honouring Sheila Fischman by Sherry Simon( file )
4 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 337 libraries worldwide
An homage to Canada's pre-eminent literary translator and a tribute to the connections created through translation
The flying canoe by Roch Carrier( Book )
2 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 317 libraries worldwide
11-year old Baptiste, spending the winter at a logging camp, gets a chance to go back home by riding "la chasse-galerie" (the devil's canoe) through the sky
Today, maybe by Dominique Demers( Book )
3 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 299 libraries worldwide
A story about a young girl who patiently awaits the arrival of a friend who's meant for her. While she waits she encounters many of the well-known characters of children's literature
Old Thomas and the little fairy by Dominique Demers( Book )
2 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 205 libraries worldwide
"Old Thomas is angry at the whole world, until he discovers a tiny little girl washed up on the beach and tries to save her life. Rich and moving illustrations depict this unforgettable story" Cf. Our choice, 2001
Farewell, Babylon : coming of age in Jewish Baghdad by Naïm Kattan( Book )
2 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 193 libraries worldwide
From the melting pot that was Iraqi society comes a tale, recounted by a grand old man of Canadian letters, of growing up as a Jewish boy in Baghdad in the 1940s. Naim Kattan was born into an intellectual Jewish family in Baghdad in 1928. He, his brother, and his friend Nessim were the only Jews in a group of young men who met every evening in a cafe to talk passionately about creating a national Iraqi literature in their newly independent country. They had good reason, for although the Jewish community in Iraq dated back 2500 years, and Jews were among the best Arabic scholars in the country, they were never considered equals by the Muslim majority. In 1941, after British forces defeated the German-backed Iraqi insurgents, angry Bedouins entered Baghdad before it could be secured and began the Farhoud, the massacre of Jews in the city. The violence stopped just short of the Kattans' house, but the family immediately began the long application process for visas. Kattan began selling stories to literary magazines and speculating about the role of women in a country where even Jewish women wore veils. He eventually won a scholarship to the Sorbonne and left his family, not to be reunited with them until five years later, when he found them in a settlement camp in Israel. This is a memoir of identity, of growing up in a tumultuous polyglot society, of change both personal and societal, of finding one's place in life. Here is a fascinating portrait of a people, a city, a state, and a culture that are as troubled today as Kattan found them sixty years ago
Heartbreaks along the road by Roch Carrier( Book )
1 edition published in 1987 in English and held by 192 libraries worldwide
The red notebook by Michel Tremblay( Book )
1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 168 libraries worldwide
"The year is 1967 - Expo - and everyone else in Montreal is waiting for the great day when they can visit the exotic foreign pavilions. For the characters of The Red Notebook, the second in Tremblay's Notebook trilogy, life in Montreal has shaken off its conservative glumness as a new age arrives. Change is everywhere in the air: politically the Quebec independence movement has been given a major boost by Charles de Gaulle's famous "Vive le Quebec libre!" declaration; and things will never be the same. Celine Poulin, former waitress at the bohemian hangout "Le Select," is now about to start a new job: that of hostess in a bordello just opened by Montreal's famous Madame, Fine Dumas. Its specialty? All the "girls" in "Le Boudoir" are transvestites. Some are old pals of Celine's who'll also be her room-mates after she finally escapes the stifling unhappiness of her family home and moves into their communal boarding house." "Having always maintained that he does not write politics, but fables, Tremblay celebrates how it is possible for Celine to embrace her difference and to flourish in solidarity with a community of others with transcendent eloquence and compassion."--Couv
Simon at the circus by Gilles Tibo( Book )
1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 167 libraries worldwide
Simon, the little boy with impossible dreams, has charmed children around the world. Simon books have won The Governor General's Literary Award for Illustration in Canada and the Owl Prize in Japan; and were chosen for the prestigious Illustrators Exhibit in Bologna, Italy. The ever-imaginative little character, Simon, dreams of being the ringmaster of a circus. In a cardboard box he creates a circus with his animal friends, but his efforts to stage the show are frustrated. When he acts as lion tamer to a paper lion, a goat tries to eat the star attraction. When he tries to walk a tightrope, he is foiled by a flock of tame birds. As usual his sensible friend, Marlene, comes to the rescue. Her common-sense advice saves the day and Simon creates a circus that will never be forgotten
Translation is a love affair by Jacques Poulin( Book )
1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 155 libraries worldwide
A daring young translator finds herself in a noirish yet heartwarming Quebecois fairy tale mystery
The black notebook by Michel Tremblay( Book )
2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 149 libraries worldwide
Céline Poulin, à cause de son physique ingrat, a connu une enfance difficile et une adolescence douloureuse. Quand, à contrecoeur, elle accepte de donner la réplique à une étudiante pour une audition, sa vie bascule
The Douglas notebooks by Christine Eddie( Book )
3 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 148 libraries worldwide
"Roman was born with a silver spoon in his mouth. At 18, he leaves his family for a home in the forest, learning to live off the land rather than his family's wealth. Éléna flees a house of blood and mayhem, taking refuge in a monastery and later in the rustic village of Rivière-aux-Oies. One day, while walking in the woods, Éléna hears the melody of a clarinet and comes across Roman, who calls himself Starling. Éléna renames him Douglas, for the strongest and most spectacular of trees. Fade to black. When the story takes up again, Douglas has returned to the forest and his daughter Rose is in the village under the care of others. Éléna is gone. From these disparate threads, Christine Eddie tenderly weaves a fable for our time and for all times. As the years pass, the story broadens to capture others in its elegant web - a doctor with a bruised heart, a pharmacist who may be a witch, and a teacher with dark secrets. Together they raise this child with the mysterious heritage, transforming this story into an ode to friendship and family, a sonnet on our relationship with nature, and an elegy to love and passion."--Publisher
Simon's disguise by Gilles Tibo( Book )
2 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 143 libraries worldwide
The ever-imaginative Simon dreams of the great adventures he can have if only he could be in disguise. In his fantasies he becomes a magician, a daring knight, a funny clown, a scary bear, and even the trunk of a tree. His friend Marlene, as usual, comes to the rescue in a gentle story sure to charm the youngest readers. Full color
The blue notebook by Michel Tremblay( Book )
1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 138 libraries worldwide
Céline Poulin, l'héroïne discrète et narratrice du "Cahier rouge" et du "Cahier noir", tombe amoureuse. Elle se confie à un nouveau cahier. Mais peut-on l'aimer, elle, la naine du restaurant Sélect ?
Crossing the continent : a novel by Michel Tremblay( Book )
4 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 137 libraries worldwide
Quebec's literary supernova take his readers on delightful, historic (1913) cross-country train ride where we encounter a charming cast
Bambi and me by Michel Tremblay( Book )
3 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 135 libraries worldwide
These festive nights by Marie-Claire Blais( Book )
2 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 133 libraries worldwide
Année 1999, l'Amérique au tournant du nouveau siècle. Premier tome d'une trilogie annoncée. Après dix ans de silence, le fruit de trois années de travail. Un roman d'un seul paragraphe, constitué de très longues phrases (parfois plus de dix pages). En une succession de monologues narratifs alternés, de voix intérieures, M.-C. Blais s'introduit dans la pensée et la conscience de ses personnages, environ une centaine de personnes qui habitent un petit paradis menacé, une île du sud des Etats-Unis ressemblant à Key West. Comme dans plusieurs des romans précédents, M.-C. Blais aborde "le problème du mal et de la survie à travers ce mal" (M.-C.B.), laisse transparaître ses préoccupations sociales et son inquiétude devant la montée des extrémismes. Comme l'a voulu l'auteure, l'écriture de ce roman, à l'amplitude lyrique remarquable, est un enchantement, même si le lecteur doit constamment rester attentif. Certains thèmes s'imposent: la justice et la peine de mort, la violence, les conflits de classes, le racisme, la condition des femmes et la crise du couple (la "profonde méfiance" des conjoints), le sida, la mort, la religion, la délinquance et, couronnant le tout, l'art qui console et illumine. Prix du Gouverneur général, section romans, 1996. [SDM]
Collected later novels by Anne Hébert( Book )
4 editions published between 2003 and 2012 in English and held by 130 libraries worldwide
"Collected Later Novels contains the beautiful and tragic Burden of Dreams, winner of the Governor General's Award for French fiction; Aurelian, Clara, Mademoiselle, and the English Lieutenant, a shimmering fable that captivates and dazzles with its simple beauty; Am I disturbing you?, the raw and chaotic tale of a distraught young woman, nominated for the Giller Prize; and A Suit of Light, Hebert's final novel about the realization of one family's dangerous dreams."--Jacket
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