Réjean Ducharme (born August 12, 1941) is a Quebec novelist and playwright who currently resides in Montreal. He is extremely reclusive and has not appeared at any public functions since his first successful book was published in 1966. A common theme of his early work is the rejection of the adult world by children.
Ducharme's L'Avalée des avalés (fr) (The Swallower Swallowed) was chosen for inclusion in the French version of Canada Reads, broadcast on Radio-Canada in 2005, where it was defended by actor, Sophie Cadieux. L'Avalée des avalés eventually won the contest. This book, the first published by the author, was a candidate for the Prix Goncourt even though the author was at the time very young and unknown.
In the movie Léolo the main character spends much of his time reading and thinking about L'Avalée des avalés.
- L'Avalée des avalés - 1966 (translated into English by Barbara Bray as The Swallower Swallowed) (winner of the 1966 Governor General's Award for Poetry or Drama (Poésie et théâtre))
- Le Nez qui voque (fr) - 1967
- L'Océantume (fr) - 1968
- La fille de Christophe Colomb - 1969 (translated into English as The Daughter of Christopher Columbus)
- L'Hiver de force (fr) - 1973 winner of the 1973 Governor General's Award for Fiction) (Translated in English as "Wild to Mild" by Robert Guy Scully)
- Les Enfantômes (fr) - 1976
- Les Bons Débarras - 1980 (film screenplay)
- Les Beaux Souvenirs - 1982 (film screenplay)
- Ha ha!... - 1982 (winner of the 1982 Governor General's Award for Drama)
- Dévadé - 1990
- Va savoir - 1994 (nominated for a Governor General's Award; translated into English by Will Browning as Go Figure)
- Gros mots - 1999
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