Little Eater of Bleeding Hearts Norman Beaupre

ISBN: 9781605946368

Published: December 23rd 2010


156 pages


Little Eater of Bleeding Hearts  by  Norman Beaupre

Little Eater of Bleeding Hearts by Norman Beaupre
December 23rd 2010 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 156 pages | ISBN: 9781605946368 | 3.20 Mb

Very rarely do Americans dare to write in French nowadays. The author, Norman Beaupr, has a special talent for doing so. Hes the one who translated his original autobiographical novel, Le Petit Mangeur de Fleurs (The Little Eater of Bleeding Hearts), with a sensitivity to words as well as an exceptional authenticity in expressing his thoughts on his own growing up. One could easily say that it is the merger of the simplicity of a child with the wisdom of one who has struggled to maintain his own cultural identity as a Francophone writer. The author revealed, during one interview in France, that he found the work authentic for many reasons but especially because he had to recollect memories from long past that were, and still are, painful to him.

The Francophone population of New England laments the erosion of its language and culture. Each one struggles in his own way attempting to remain faithful to the collective identity they grew up with. Norman Beaupr, while playing with words and sometimes with bleeding hearts, dares to become, by doing so, one of the standard bearers of the ethnic group to which he belongs. This work not only touches upon memories of growing up but the very lives with which the author came into contact from as far as he can remember up to his late teens. A work of cultural richness and pride (fiert ), as a reader from Dijon, France once expressed to the author at a Salon du Livre that he attended in 2007.

The Little Eater of Bleeding Hearts is a testimony of a milieu and of an era that history has no right to erase. ANTONINE MAILLET, Acadian author Norman Beaupr was born in Maine and is presently Professor Emeritus at the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine. He is the author of thirteen books. He writes both in French and in English.

His latest work in English, a novel based on the life and works of mile Friant, a realist painter from Alsace-Lorraine, is a rare look into the artistic life and times of a French artist struggling with his own identity as a creative person as well as his sense of realism in art.

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