Réjean Ducharme

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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.

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