Normand de Bellefeuille
Translated by Antonio D'Alfonso

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Normand de Bellefeuille describes our anxieties, our fears, our tragic ludicity for being where we realize that we have come from nothing, from the abyss, from nothingness, from the fact that we all wear the mask of emptiness. ~ André Roy, Estuaire

The name is what invents being, the personal and the interior of being. It also designates the social dimension of being; that is, what the individual does for others. The face is the privileged incarnation of the name, its immediate manipulation for others. It is the external world translating the internal world, the soul become the offering of the body. As for the noise, it is the external world again but this time as the expression of the I crossing over to the body and objects. This surely includes the immaterial world, because it is invisible. It imposes itself as presence, as shock. ~ André Brochu, Voix et images

Normand de Bellefeuille was born in 1949. His first book appeared in 1973 and DeBellefeuille has never stopped writing important books since. He is the author of essays and novels, but it is his poetry that has brought him fame. In 2000 he won the Governor General’s Award for Poetry. In 2011 Mon visage won the Prix Estuaire-Leméac, and in 2012 Mon bruit won the Grand Prix Québécor du festival international de poésie de Trois-Rivières. Mon nom, Mon visage and Mon bruit, all included in this translation, form a trilogy. Normand DeBellefeuille has been a literary critic, a professor, and an editor. He is presently the Editor in Chief at the Éditions Druide.

Poet, novelist, essayist, translator, Antonio D’Alfonso has published more than 40 titles and has made three feature films. He is the founder of Guernica Editions which he managed for thirty-three years before passing it on to new owners in 2010. He is also co-founder of the magazine Vice Versa and the Association of Italian-Canadian Writers. For his writings, he won the Trillium Award, the Bressani Award, and other prizes, and for his film Bruco, he won two awards at the New York Independent Film Award. He holds a Ph.D. from the Department of Italian Studies at the University of Toronto.

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