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Inflammation du verbe vivre

Jury Statement

In Inflammation du verbe vivre, Wajdi Mouawad and his alter ego Wahid lead us into his descent into hell. He drifts along, living his own legend like a contemporary Ulysses searching for the symbol that will save him. The author’s ferocious but luminous language is both wonderful and disturbing in this moving and incisive work.


Inflammation du verbe vivre

By Wajdi Mouawad

  • Book Details
  • Published by Leméac Éditeur / Actes Sud; distributed by Socadis
  • ISBN: 978-2-7609-1289-2
Wajdi Mouawad

Wajdi Mouawad

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Who is Wajdi Mouawad?

Wajdi Mouawad wins his second Governor General’s Literary Award in 2016 with Inflammation du verbe vivre. He is a writer, director and actor known for his powerful work in theatre. Littoral, the first play in his tetralogy of plays Le sang des promesses, won the GG Books award in 2000. His many prestigious honours include: Chevalier of the Ordre national des arts et des lettres in France, Officer of the Order of Canada and Chevalier of the Ordre national du Québec. His novel Anima was awarded the Grand Prix Thyde Monnier by the Société des Gens de Lettres and translated into several languages. Born in Lebanon, Wajdi Mouawad grew up in France before moving to Québec. He is currently the director of the Théâtre national de la Colline, in Paris.