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Fischman, Sheila

Works: 250 works in 727 publications in 1 language and 14,723 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Juvenile works  Bildungsromans  Novels  Autobiographical fiction  Picture books  History  Psychological fiction  Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Translator, Author, Editor, Contributor
Classifications: PQ3979.3.T489, C843.54
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Most widely held works about Sheila Fischman
Most widely held works by Sheila Fischman
In Translation : Honouring Sheila Fischman by Sherry Simon( )

7 editions published in 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,089 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Since the late 1960s Sheila Fischman has worked tirelessly at making the best works of Quebecois literature available to English-language readers. Anglophones who have read works by Michel Tremblay, Jacques Poulin, Yves Beauchemin, Francois Gravel, Anne Hebert, Roch Carrier, and Marie-Claire Blais most likely know these works only through Fischman's subtly and faithfully crafted translations. In Translation celebrates Fischman's more than 150 book-length translations from French to English. It combines essays on the friendships created through translation with essays on the art of translation and on the changing context of literary translation in Canada. Distinguished contributors include Alberto Manguel, Commissioner of Official Languages Graham Fraser, authors Gaetan Soucy, Lise Bissonnette, and Louise Desjardins, and fellow-translators Lori Saint Martin, Michael Henry Heim, Luise von Flotow, and Kathy Mezei. The volume also includes interviews with Fischman and a selection of her prose. A fitting tribute to an outstanding career, In Translation illuminates the artistry behind a difficult craft by considering the work of one of its finest practitioners
Ru : a novel by Kim Thúy( Book )

20 editions published between 2012 and 2015 in English and held by 954 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A book of rare beauty: Ru is a lullaby of Vietnam and a love letter to a new homeland. Ru: In Vietnamese it means lullaby; in French it is a small stream, but also signifies a flow - of tears, blood, and money. Kim Thuy's Ru is literature at its most crystalline: the flow of a life on the tides of unrest and on to more peaceful waters. In vignettes of exquisite clarity, sharp observation and sly wit, we are carried along on an unforgettable journey from a palatial residence in Saigon to a crowded and muddy Malaysian refugee camp, and onward to a new life in Quebec. There, the young girl feels the embrace of a new community, and revels in the chance to be part of the American Dream. As an adult, the waters become rough again: now a mother of two, she must learn to shape her love around the younger boy's autism. Moving seamlessly from past to present, from history to memory and back again, Ru is a book that celebrates life in all its wonder: its moments of beauty and sensuality, brutality and sorrow, comfort and comedy
The hockey sweater by Roch Carrier( Book )

12 editions published between 1984 and 2019 in English and held by 421 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With every boy in a small Quebec town wearing the sweater of the Montreal Canadiens to play hockey, one child is horrified when, because of a mail order mix-up, he is forced to wear a Toronto Maple Leafs sweater
La vigile du Québec by Fernand Dumont( )

2 editions published between 1974 and 2017 in English and held by 398 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book was first published in French in the wake of events which have come to be known in Quebec as the 'October crisis of 1970.' Yet this crisis was simply one particularly spectacular episode in the recent history of Quebec. The province has been shaken repeatedly in the last ten years: it has passed, in the author's view, from at least apparent religious unanimity to rapid dechristianization, from ignorance to massive schooling from Mr Duplessis to the independence movement, from the protest of Cité libre to the ascendancy of Mr Trudeau ... but the events of October 1970 have led Quebeckers to query with more anguish thanever before the meaning of the chaotic state of flux in which they live. Fernand Dumont, a sociologist, takes up this search from a personal standpoint. Rather than propose a theory, he attempts a reconstruction of recent Quebec history from the inside. The first three sections reflect the itinerary of a private conscience in quest of a native land and of a form of socialism suited to Quebec. The fourth section is devoted to the October crisis. This book is part of the broader process in which Quebeckers are engaged - attempting to arrive at a deeper understanding of their roots and collective existence in order to forge a better society. Fernand Dumont is perhaps the most sensitive and influential conscience at work in Quebec, and indeed Canada, today. Also included is 'A letter to my English-speaking friends, ' which urges English-speaking Canadians to join in genuine dialogue with French-speaking Canadians. Dumont's thoughtful reflections on Quebec's social and political life invite 'les Anglais' to a new view of Quebec
The little girl who was too fond of matches : a novel by Gaétan Soucy( )

15 editions published between 2000 and 2016 in English and held by 389 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When their father commits suicide, two siblings are forced into contact with the world beyond their immense estate, and their cloak of romance and superstition quickly falls away
Farewell, Babylon : coming of age in Jewish Baghdad by Naïm Kattan( Book )

7 editions published between 1976 and 2007 in English and held by 341 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Naim Kattan was born in the heart of the ancient Jewish community of Baghdad. This memoir tells of the young man's coming of age in the turbulent 1940s, of his discovery of learning, of work, of friendship, and of patriotism and all that love of country means, especially to an Iraqi few. He and his friends, both Jewish and Muslim, attempt to bridge their ethnic divide by passionate discussions in coffee houses and by trying to forge a new Iraqi literature. However, larger political events were to drive them apart and inspire the young Kattan to seek a new life elsewhere." "This is a unique glimpse into an exotic world and a loss of innocence - the idealism of youth versus the pragmatism of experience, the attempt to explore love and sex in a society where the women are veiled and closely guarded. It is a fascinating portrait of a people, a city, a state, and a culture that are still, unfortunately, as troubled and divided today as Kattan found them all those years ago."--Jacket
The wolf by Marie-Claire Blais( Book )

8 editions published between 1974 and 2008 in English and held by 299 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"When the world's most powerful mob boss loses his wife and daughters in a terrorist attack funded by one of his rivals, he resolves to turn the tables. Rallying the heads of the globe's top criminal organizations, Vincent Marelli launches a war that may be his last. With the weight of the criminal world on his shoulders, he has only one desire in his heart: to know who ordered the hit that took out his girls"--
The flying canoe by Roch Carrier( Book )

3 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 296 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

11-year old Baptiste, spending the winter at a logging camp, gets a chance to go back home by riding "la chasse-galerie" (the devil's canoe) through the sky
Mercury under my tongue by Sylvain Trudel( Book )

3 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 282 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Frederick Langlois could be that geeky seventeen-year-old notebook-toting sage found in every high school, feeling deeply, spouting out tiny poems, just a little too old for his years. But Frederick isn't in high school. He's in a hospital ward with other critically ill adolescents, dying of bone cancer." "Mercury Under My Tongue chronicles his short stay there, from his distant but friendly relationship with his therapist (and his mute delight at catching a glimpse of her cleavage), through comic moments in the ward and his emergent friendships with other teenage patients. Some survive, others are lost, and at the end, Frederick must make a final reckoning with himself and his family, one that is both dispassionate and deeply felt."--Jacket
Today, maybe by Dominique Demers( Book )

5 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 271 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A story about a young girl who patiently awaits the arrival of a friend who's meant for her. While she waits she encounters many of the well-known characters of children's literature
For my country = "Pour la patrie" : an 1895 religious and separatist vision of Quebec in the mid-twentieth century by Jules Paul Tardivel( Book )

5 editions published in 1975 in English and held by 233 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Originally published in 1895, the novel reiterates two central themes of Tardivel's writing: the Catholicism of French Canada and its unique social and political implications, and the Quebec-centred need of French Canada for its own separate state
Mãn by Kim Thúy( Book )

7 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 219 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Man has Three mothers: the one who gives birth to her in wartime, the nun who plucks her from a vegetable garden, and her beloved Maman, who becomes a spy to survive
The orange grove by Larry Tremblay( Book )

10 editions published between 2015 and 2017 in English and held by 201 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Twin brothers Amed and Aziz live in the peaceful shade of their family's orange grove. But when a bomb kills the boys' grandparents, the war that plagues their country changes their lives forever. Blood must repay blood, and, in order to avenge their grandparents' deaths, one brother must offer the ultimate sacrifice. Years later, the surviving twin - now a student actor in a wintry Montreal - is given a role which forces him to confront the past. Tremblay, an actor and director himself, poses the difficult question: can art ever adequately address suffering? Both current and timeless, written with the sharp purity of desert poetry, The Orange Grove depicts the haunting inheritance of war and its aftermath."--
The red notebook by Michel Tremblay( Book )

4 editions published between 2004 and 2008 in English and held by 199 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The year is 1967 - Expo - and everyone else in Montreal is waiting for the great day when they can visit the exotic foreign pavilions. For the characters of The Red Notebook, the second in Tremblay's Notebook trilogy, life in Montreal has shaken off its conservative glumness as a new age arrives. Change is everywhere in the air: politically the Quebec independence movement has been given a major boost by Charles de Gaulle's famous "Vive le Quebec libre!" declaration; and things will never be the same. Celine Poulin, former waitress at the bohemian hangout "Le Select," is now about to start a new job: that of hostess in a bordello just opened by Montreal's famous Madame, Fine Dumas. Its specialty? All the "girls" in "Le Boudoir" are transvestites. Some are old pals of Celine's who'll also be her room-mates after she finally escapes the stifling unhappiness of her family home and moves into their communal boarding house." "Having always maintained that he does not write politics, but fables, Tremblay celebrates how it is possible for Celine to embrace her difference and to flourish in solidarity with a community of others with transcendent eloquence and compassion."--Couv
Heartbreaks along the road by Roch Carrier( Book )

3 editions published between 1987 and 1991 in English and held by 193 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Vaste, intelligente, "épico-comique" fresque de la société québécoise d'avant la Révolution tranquille, sous le règne de Duplessis. Au centre du récit, un village de Beauce et une histoire: la construction d'une route qui ne mène nulle part à la veille d'élections provinciales
Old Thomas and the little fairy by Dominique Demers( Book )

5 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and held by 181 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Old Thomas is angry at the whole world, until he discovers a tiny little girl washed up on the beach and tries to save her life. Rich and moving illustrations depict this unforgettable story" Cf. Our choice, 2001
The black notebook by Michel Tremblay( Book )

4 editions published between 2003 and 2009 in English and held by 175 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the heart of the Latin Quarter, meeting place of marginal characters of all sorts, Celine Poulin works the night shift at a cheap and popular restaurant, the Select, serving hamburger platters and spaghetti and meatballs to student misfits, transvestites, hookers, and queens from the Main - Montreal's colourful Saint-Laurent Boulevard. Hanging out with a theatre company in her off hours, Celine sees opening before her a world where it is not only possible, but even desirable to pretend. When the director offers her a role in The Trojan Women, the die is cast." "The Black Notebook is Celine's diary, her account of her trials and tribulations, her expectations and her cruel disappointments, because this young waitress at the Select has her own dramatic story to tell, even if only to herself: Celine is a midget."--BOOK JACKET
The longest home run by Roch Carrier( Book )

3 editions published between 1993 and 2001 in English and Undetermined and held by 158 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The longest home run in the history of baseball was hit by a girl." So begins a baseball misadventure in the village of Ste. Justine. This time, a strange girl named Adeline shows up at the daisy field where Roch and his friends play baseball all summer. She proceeds to hit a towering home run, right through the window of the crankiest man in town. Adeline has other powers as well, which Roch and the boys discover at a magic show. But without the baseball, the game cannot go on. When Adeline literally disappears, who do you think has to get the ball back?
Crossing the continent : a novel by Michel Tremblay( Book )

4 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 157 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ten-year-old Rhéauna, recalled home by her mother who abandoned her five years earlier, embarks on an epic train journey from her grandparents' farm in rural Saskatchewan to Montreal. Along the way she makes three stops to visit relatives and learns about life
The Douglas notebooks by Christine Eddie( Book )

5 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 153 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Roman was born with a silver spoon in his mouth. At 18, he leaves his family for a home in the forest, learning to live off the land rather than his family's wealth. Éléna flees a house of blood and mayhem, taking refuge in a monastery and later in the rustic village of Rivière-aux-Oies. One day, while walking in the woods, Éléna hears the melody of a clarinet and comes across Roman, who calls himself Starling. Éléna renames him Douglas, for the strongest and most spectacular of trees. Fade to black. When the story takes up again, Douglas has returned to the forest and his daughter Rose is in the village under the care of others. Éléna is gone. From these disparate threads, Christine Eddie tenderly weaves a fable for our time and for all times. As the years pass, the story broadens to capture others in its elegant web - a doctor with a bruised heart, a pharmacist who may be a witch, and a teacher with dark secrets. Together they raise this child with the mysterious heritage, transforming this story into an ode to friendship and family, a sonnet on our relationship with nature, and an elegy to love and passion."--Publisher
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The hockey sweater
The hockey sweaterThe little girl who was too fond of matches : a novelFarewell, Babylon : coming of age in Jewish BaghdadThe wolfThe flying canoeMercury under my tongueToday, maybeThe red notebook
Alternative Names
Fischman, Sheila Leah

Sheila Fischman Canadees vertaalster

Sheila Fischman Canadian translator

Sheila Fischman traductora canadiana

Sheila Fischman traductora canadiense

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