Maillet, Antonine (1929–)

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Maillet, Antonine (1929–)

Canadian novelist. Born May 10, 1929, in Bouctouche, New Brunswick, Canada; atttended universities of Montreal and Laval.

Works, which draw on Acadian history, language, and folklore, include Pointe-aux-Coques (1958), La Sagouine (1971, trans. into English with same title, 1979), Don L'Original (1972, trans. as The Tale of Don L'Original), Crache à Pic (1984, trans. as The Devil is Loose! 1986), Le Huitième Jour (1986, trans. as On the Eighth Day, 1989), Les Confessions de Jeanne de Valois (1992), and Le Chemin Saint-Jacques (1996). Won Prix Goncourt for Pélagie-la-Charrette (1979, trans. as Pélagie: The Return to a Homeland, 1983); received Governor General's Award (1972) and Le Prix Québec-Paris (1975); named Companion of the Order of Canada and Officer of the Ordre National du Québec.