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  • In September 1941, Katherine Lindemann, a young woman from Berlin working for SS Dr. Karl Gebhardt travels to Prague where she meets and sleeps with an unknown man. The next day, Katherine learns his identity: SS General Reinhard Heydrich, newly appointed Reich Protector in Prague and chief of the Reich Main Security Office. The two become passionately involved. Heydrich strives to remain cool-headed in order to accomplish his mission, the extermination of European Jews. Katherine, however, unaware of her lover's horrific schemes, is more at ease with her feelings.

    In the first part of The Minotaur's Soul, Katherine recounts their story up to the moment when Heydrich is victim of an attack. Based on a true story, the attack did happen leading to the death of the general.

    Heydrich, whose survival is kept secret by Himmler, narrates the second part of the novel. Exiled in Switzerland and in charge of security services, Heydrich struggles with his intricate past and his role during war. The arrival of Katherine increases the realization of his terrible deeds and threatens to throw them into a labyrinth of remorse and guilt.

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  • In the middle of the 13th century, in the Perigord region, the Monepierre barony holds a prosperous and fertile enclave, jealously protected by Guilbert, the legitimate heir to the domain. Following a dispute with his father over his succession and ill-advised by a relative, Guilbert sends mercenaries to kill his step-brother, Jean, who has joined Louis IX on the Seventh Crusade.
     
    Six years on, Guilbert is coveting Vianne de Châtillon’s hand. A union with Vianne would enable him to inherit her father’s well-located stronghold and ensure the safety of Monepierre against an unscrupulous neighbouring baron.
     
    Against all odds and unaware of Guilbert’s murderous plot, Jean returns to France a few months ahead of his king. He turns up at the castle at a time when Guilbert is persuading Vianne to marry him. Warned by the guards, Guilbert has Jean arrested for imposture and thrown into prison. But as time goes by, the baron is torn between guilt, his desire to please Vianne – whose heart belong to Jean - and fear of losing his rights to Monepierre. Unexpectedly, revelations on Guilbert’s background cast doubt over his legacy claim while a mysterious individual schemes to dispossess both brothers of their inheritance.

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  • Following his successful investigation of the murder of a journalist, Francis Leahy has been promoted to the post of detective sergeant with the Quebec City police. In September 1899, he marries his fiancée, Lucille Berthelot. They spend their honeymoon in the Richelieu Manor near the village of Pointe-au-Pic in the lovely Charlevoix region. That week, the Manor is also hosting a group of people who seem to engage in mysterious negotiations about a political crisis: Canada may have to be involved in a foreign war between the British and the South African Republics. Since the Boers form the majority of the white inhabitants and regularly deny British settlers any political rights, this lack of justice and freedom greatly annoys Britain. Of course the large gold deposits have nothing to do with their noble wrath contrary to what malicious gossips may imply...

    The entire world senses a war is imminent. In Canada, public opinion is divided, voices are raised and scathing attacks are printed in the newspapers. At the Manor, the mysterious debates seem to revolve around a big sales contract of high protein biscuits for soldiers. Francis Leahy and his young spouse’s honeymoon is unexpectedly disturbed when one of the guests is found dead. This will be the first of a series of suspicious deaths leading Francis Leahy, Quebec's Sherlock Holmes, to investigate.
     
    With this second novel, the author Antoine Yaccarini once more draws a new and compelling portrait of 19th century Quebec with his usual acerbic humour.

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  • The memories, journals, reports, war letters and war novels written by World War II French Canadian combatants has raised little interest among historians and are mostly unknown by the public. This work comes and goes between the writings of combatants and historiographic knowledge to create a balance between what was lives and what was studied and analyzed.

    The author begins by explaining the method he used to approach each evidence and put his theory in perspective by inscribing it among those of other historians like Charles Ardant du Picq, Jean Norton Cru, John Keegan abd Stéphane Audoin-Rouzeau who wrote the foreword of this book.

    By reading this work, we learn in which conditions lives those infantrymen, artillerymen, seamen and aviators who fought in Italy and western Europe or were held prisoner in Japan or Germany. We can see the violence they suffered and inflicted on the battlefield or in prisoner camps, the fear they experienced, the starvation and hardships they endured and we can understand better the means by which they held on.

    Finally, those evidences show us in words the atrocities of war, just like some movies already did in images. It is an essential work that makes those strong stories available to a larger public and shows another face of this war most often seen through the eyes of the historians.

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  • Three children. A tyrannical father. An absent mother. A story about innocence, revenge and rebirth through a tortuous path.

    “I live in a modern Tower of Babel. The languages spoken by its inhabitants remind me of all these places that still need to be discovered.
    My flat looks like an office, so clean, so white, so anonymous.
    I’m an attractive woman who lives a successful life.
    At night, I dream that I get up, run to the door, and open it… onto a brick wall.
    On the other side are journeys out of reality, beyond what’s visible. 
    I occupy the space that has been allotted to me: a small, unique, essential piece to complete a jigsaw.
    I have finally arrived in this world because I’m complete.”

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  • The Dame blanche is a historical novel, full of mystery and intrigue, narrated by Elizabeth, a King’s Daughter sent to New France in 1666. She, like many other young girls, is raised and educated in a Catholic orphanage, then shipped to be married in the settlement of Quebec.

    The story follows the rhythm of the seasons and recounts the adventures and inner thoughts of the heroine. Her life revolves around her mysterious husband Rémy de la Roche. Disturbing evidence comes to light, rumours circulate, and a ghostly white woman prowls the grounds at night. The reader grows uneasy about the fate of the young Elizabeth.  Is Rémy de la Roche an imp of Satan? Is he a threat to his bride? The riddle is solved as the novel reaches its climax. The author provides a critique of religion while unmasking the instigator of a conspiracy against the heroine’s husband

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  • This novel tells the story of Marc De Grandmont, the number two of the most important multimedia production company in Quebec. Marc, 52, has voluntarily placed himself in a deep sensual coma, completely shutting his senses away by throwing himself into work. Yet he realizes that feeling no pain is not a passport to happiness.  So when funny little intrusions occur in his busy life he is easily taken aback. First, a pink book, titled The vice-president, chocolate chips, is put on his office desk, then a deliciously decorated box of cupcakes accompanied by a strange love letter. These are just the beginning of a long series of messages and boxes of surprises that trigger a full set of memories, thoughts and... feelings!

    Each chapter in this mysterious treasure hunt is named after a different woman: Amélie Touron, the fairy of an apartment building, Élise, the text message stranger, the Starbucks reader, and so on.

    Les femmes planètes
    is an unusual and imaginative story about a disillusioned businessman experiencing a whole new life through love and a touch of eroticism

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  • Well-known in Quebec and in France for his books on the sociology of sexuality, the author provides a synthesis of his research in this easy-to-read book.

    Eroticism may be as old as the world itself yet it remains enigmatic. Although many writers, painters, sculptors, filmmakers have celebrated eroticism, very few have looked closely at its nature or mechanics. Michel Dorais offers such insight in his Petit traité de l’érotisme.

    Sexual attraction is one of the most complex and misunderstood reactions. Desire is not constant. A host of conditions must be met to achieve sexual arousal. What are the necessary components for an image or position to be perceived as sensual? What makes a person or situation erotic and why? Is eroticism compatible with love? Michel Dorais’ answers may be surprising but always interesting and useful.

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  • * Lauréate du Prix Robert-Cliche du premier roman
    * Personnalité de la semaine La Presse
    * Femme de l'année Elle Québec
    * Finaliste au Prix Senghor premiers romans francophones et francophiles 2010

    * Robert-Cliche award winner for the first novel

    From the very first page, the reader is drawn in to The Walls and is not released until the end. Olivia Tapiero’s first novel immediately sets the scene: a teenage girl has once again tried to commit suicide. In a hyper-realistic style devoid of cliché, she talks about her intense distaste for life. We accompany the young girl as she is transferred from one hospital to the next where the prevailing lack of warmth and cold white walls act as external manifestations of her inner state. Her disgust for all things corporeal reflects her longing to escape from her body and leave this world behind. The girl’s extreme apathy is moving and-although not the author’s primary intention-awakens the reader to a world which is utterly foreign to most of us. After exhaustive research into the topic of suicide, Tapiero has crafted an unsettling story which will have you on the edge of your seat until the final page is turned

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  • Miners’ wives, innkeepers, bakers, laundresses, seamstresses, dancers and prostitutes … the women of the Klondike were few in numbers, but essential in the varied roles they played.  At a time when the feminist movement was still in its infancy in North America, these women were every bit as independent and determined as any man.  The Lili Klondike series tells the story of Liliane Doré and Rosalie Laliberté, two French Canadian women who joined the gold rush not only in search of riches, but also in a quest for love and freedom.  Along the way, they contend with the dreamers, the reckless, the resourceful, the liars, the thieves and worse yet.  Through them all, we participate in what was the largest human migration since the crusades.

    Lili Klondike paints a vivid picture of the gold rush fever that spread throughout North America in July 1897.  Driven to the ends of a hostile territory by their lust for gold, tens of thousands of Americans and Canadians as well as hundreds of Europeans converged on Dawson City.  This is the story of a journey through rugged and unforgiving wilderness where the most fierce displays of  cruelty were  not always those of nature.  Personal stories blend into one another and are woven into the historical events that make up the last chapter of the American Far West.

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