Fiction by Marie Hélène Poitras

 

Suddenly the Minotaur


Suddenly the Minotaur

Why did Guatemalan immigrant Mino Torrès try to rape Quebec student Ariane? What was the failed attempt’s aftermath?

In this terse, prize-winning novel, Marie Hélène Poitras, with an imagination tutored by the Minotaur myth, offers a controversial tale about a thug who exults in his ferocious urges and is as incorrigible as a primal force. Torrès (the bull) enthusiastically and unapologetically seeks hectic transcendence through rape and recurring fits of epilepsy. Ariane (Ariadne), straying into his twisted, downtown Montreal labyrinth, suffers the consequences of his random sexual predation, though significantly, her refusal to be a terrorized and passive victim haunts him.

Ariane’s deliverance from his maze, her conquest of persistent fears, is prolonged past her assailant’s capture. Once more she must learn to live and love–in particular, men–to pick up and follow the thread of human trust, to feel sure again about her flat’s dark places and her walk-in cupboard’s contents. On the site of the Berlin Wall, in a reunified Germany that has survived its own and other regimes’ violent perversions, she permits herself to be gently hoisted up and passed from palm-to-palm over a vast and joy-filled crowd.


Author Marie Hélène Poitras

Author Biography

Marie Hélène Poitras is a leader among the new generation of Quebec writers. She won the prestigious Prix Anne-Hébert in 2003 for her first novel, Soudain le Minotaure, the original French version of this book. In 2006 she published a collection of short stories, La Mort de Mignonne et autres histoires. She is a journalist in the cultural field in general and music editor for the Montreal entertainment weekly Voir. She lives in Montreal.


Suddenly the Minotaur, Marie Hélene Poitras, 162 pp., 5.5 x 8.5, Novel, December, 2006

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