Governor General’s Literary Awards

Book cover for Hantises. Carnet de Frida Burns sur quelques morceaux de vie et de littérature by Frédérique Bernier

Hantises. Carnet de Frida Burns sur quelques morceaux de vie et de littérature

By Frédérique Bernier

Nota bene, Groupe Nota bene

“Who can resist abandonment’s mercy? Through this question, Frédérique Bernier slips us into literature’s haunted envelope, where we wish we could be characters in a novel. On both a literary and philosophical journey, the author finds her own style conversing with differences. This small book is a great work of non-fiction.”

—Peer assessment committee: Joël Des Rosiers, Benoit Doyon-Gosselin, Catherine Mavrikakis


This little book is a hollow, a literary cave with walls adorned by the terrors and reveries of an alter ego named Frida Burns. A brief and lyrical intellectual biography, the volume questions the hazy connections that grow between books and lives. It is an homage to literature and love stories (be they made of flesh or paper) that set beings ablaze, enabling them to happily shed their contours and access the power of anonymity, which can be found at the very heart of what is most intimate.

Headshot of Frédérique Bernier


Frédérique Bernier studied philosophy at university, later gravitating towards literature, which led her to publishing several works, including La voix et l’os (PUM, 2000). A long-time member of the writing committee for the Contre-jour literary magazine, she is especially drawn to hybrid works, enjoying those that are halfway between narration, reflection, reverie, and autobiography. This is the type of formless essay she practices. Frédérique Bernier lives in Montréal, where she teaches at the Cégep de Saint-Laurent’s French department.

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