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The Party Wall

Jury Statement

In The Party Wall, his masterly translation of Catherine Leroux’s Le mur mitoyen, Lazer Lederhendler deftly captures the spirit, meaning, and emotional punch of the French text. Writing with grace and imagination, he creates a compelling work of art while serving and respecting the original.


The Party Wall

By Lazer Lederhendler

  • Book Details
  • Published by Biblioasis; distributed by Ampersand/UTP; translation of Le mur mitoyen by Catherine Leroux, Éditions Alto
  • ISBN: 978-1-77196-076-2
Lazer Lederhendler

Lazer Lederhendler

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Who is Lazer Lederhendler?

Lazer Lederhendler wins his second Governor General’s Literary Award with The Party Wall, a translation of Catherine Leroux’s Le mur mitoyen. His work has earned him many distinctions including the GG Books award for Nikolski (2008), originally written by Nicolas Dickner and the Cole Prize for Translation of the Quebec Writers’ Federation. His work has been shortlisted seven times for the GG Books, including for The Lake, 2015 (original by Perrine Leblanc); The Breakwater House, 2010 (original by Pascale Quiviger); and Larry Volt, 2002, (original by Pierre Tourangeau). A full-time translator specializing in contemporary Québécois fiction and non-fiction, his work has introduced English-language readers to a new cohort of talented, innovative writers. Lazer Lederhendler is based in Montreal.