Governor General's Literary Awards



By Jacques Goldstyn

Les Éditions de la Pastèque; distributed by Socadis



Azadah, a small Afghan girl full of dreams and ambitions, befriends a German woman on a temporary mission as a journalist and photographer in her country. When the time comes for the woman to leave Afghanistan, the parting is heartbreaking as Azadah begs to be taken back with her to Europe, which she imagines to be a paradise of possibilities. This book is a profound and moving tale, imbued with hope and tolerance.

"Jacques Goldstyn achieves the difficult goal of discussing a serious subject with a touch of poetry. Both images and text strike a fine balance in accurately communicating the emotions of the story. Azadah brings out the power of a dream, and the importance of finding ways to make it a reality."

- Peer assessment committee

Jacques Goldstyn
Jacques Goldstyn


Jacques Goldstyn wins his first Governor General's Literary Award in 2017. In 1981, he illustrated his first book, Le petit Débrouillard, a science-based work featuring an enterprising cast of imaginary characters called the Débrouillards. Since then, he has published a total of 10 such books starring the Débrouillards or Van the Inventor. With La Pastèque, he published Le petit Tabarnak and L'abragan (Prix des libraires du Québec, 2015). Azadah is the third book of his published by La Pastèque. Jacques Goldstyn was born in Saint-Eugène-d'Argentenay in 1958.

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