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GOLLANT Mavis

( Canadian writer, novelist and essayist)

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GOLLANT, Mavis (Gallant, Mavis) (p. 1922), a Canadian writer, novelist and essayist. Gollant (nee Mavis de Trafford Young) was born August 11, 1922 in Montreal. Attended bilingual French Catholic school. When his father died, mother married again and went to the U.S., leaving the girl in Canada. Gollant studied in 17 schools in the U.S. and Canada. In New York, completed schooling, worked in Montreal at the National Film Board and a reporter in 'Montreal Standard'. In the late 1940's married to musician John Gollanta, which subsequently divorced. In the 1950's settled in Europe, having decided to devote himself to writing.
In Paris, took up literary work, sent the stories in 'New Yorker'. For the second story - "Birthday Madeline" (Madeline's Birthday) - was published this prestigious publication. Characters in the stories, which constituted her first book "Other Paris" (The Other Paris, 1956) and subsequent books - emigrants. Two of her books - "Green Water, Green Sky" (Green Water, Green Sky, 1959) and "Good times" (A Fairy Good Time, 1970) deepened the theme of 'people in the way'

. Gollant is the author of the collection "My heart is broken" (My Heart is Broken, . 1969), . "Pegnitz Junction" (The Pegnitz Junction, . 1973), . The End of the world "and other stories (The End of the World and Other Stories, . 1974), . "From the Fifteenth District" (From the Fifteenth District, . 1979), . "The unpleasant truth about myself: Selected Canadian Stories" (Home Truths: Selected Canadian Stories, . 1981), . "Balloon" (Overhead in a Balloon, . 1985), . "In the way" (In Transit, . 1988), . "Across the bridge" (Across the Bridge, . 1993), . "The wife of a Muslim, and other stories" (The Moslem Wife and Other Stories, . 1994),
. She also owns the play "What should I do?" (What is to Be Done, 1982), the plot of which is connected with the policy of the Left in Montreal in the early 1940's. Nonfiction Gollant, including the famous work of the radical left movement in France in 1968, presented in the book French Notebook: Essays and Reviews "(Paris Notebooks: Essays and Reviews, 1986).

In 1996 the writer brought together 52 of its story in the book "Collection of short stories" (Collected Stories) (in Canada, was published under the title Selected Stories - Selected Stories), received both critically as a result of creativity of a great artist. In 1981, for the book "The unpleasant truth about himself, which became one of the most widely read her books, Gollant was awarded Canada's main literary award - the Governor-General Award. In 1993 Gollant was appointed Officer of the Order of Canada, in 1996, the Canadian Council presented her with Molson Prize for achievements in the arts. Gollant is an honorary member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters and a member of the British Royal Society of Literature.


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