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Broke City
Jacques Renaud and David Homel (Translator)
Guernica Editions, Fall 1984
95 pages
Hardcover
ISBN13: 9780919349360
ISBN10: 0919349366
English
Translated from the French
$5.00 Canada, $5.00 US

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Jacques Renaud's Le casse, translated here as Broke City, is, if nothing else, an important work in Quebecois literary history, as it was one of the first and certainly the most scandalous novel to have been written in "joual". It's not just a novel about a bunch of low-lifes scamming for a living, it was a conscious smack in the face of the Canadian establishment. Renaud wrote the book in joual because it was, he claimed, how he and his friends spoke. This was something of an affront to literary manners at the time, particularly as Renaud was not like Roddy Doyle, whose early books -- although written in authentic Dublin English -- are essentially benign and comic. Broke City is part rant, part deadpan account of serious alienation.

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