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About the Author
Christiane Vadnais holds an MFA in creative writing, and has long been active as an events programmer and project manager in Quebec's literary community. Radio-Canada named her a 'Young Author to Watch' for 2020. Fauna is her first work of fiction. She lives in Quebec City.
Pablo Strauss's previous translations for Coach House Books are The Country Will Bring Us No Peace, The Supreme Orchestra, and Baloney. He is a two-time finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award for translation, for Synapses (2019) and The Longest Year (2017). Pablo grew up in Victoria, B.C., and has lived in Quebec City for fifteen years.
"Reminiscent of Ovid, Kafka, and Wells ... [Fauna] depicts the hypnotic Darwinian nightmare our negligence and denial will lead us to in the coming years." --Le Devoir
"Vadnais's language is precise, rich in imagery, unsettling. The quality of the writing makes for a raw, searing read." --L'Express
A spirited vision of the end times that reminds us that a new one will be born out of the old, as savage and alive as the previous one's primitive beginnings. --La Presse
Vadnais's exciting debut immerses the reader into the dreamy and menacing near-future world of Shivering Heights, a flooded wilderness in the twilight of the human race. ... The sumptuous imagery and limpid atmosphere forms a dizzying picture of a world after human existence. This dark, sensual novel invites the reader to imagine nature thriving in the toxic aftermath of human domination, and makes for an essential addition to the recent crop of eco-fiction. --Publishers Weekly