Gaétan Soucy (21 October 1958 – 9 July 2013) was a Canadian novelist and professor.
Soucy has written four novels. His two first, L'Immaculée conception (translated as The Immaculate Conception by Lazer Lederhendler) and L'Acquittement (translated as Atonement by Sheila Fischman) are extraordinary, dark and baroque works. His third novel, La petite fille qui aimait trop les allumettes (translated as The Little Girl Who Was Too Fond of Matches by Fischman) caused a sensation in Quebec and was immediately translated into more than ten languages. His fourth novel, Music-Hall!, was published in 2002, and translated as Vaudeville! by Fischman.
La petite fille qui aimait trop les allumettes was chosen for inclusion in the French version of Canada Reads, broadcast on Radio-Canada in 2004, where it was defended by actor, film director, screenwriter, and musician Micheline Lanctôt.
He died on 9 July 2013 in Montreal of a heart attack.
Awards and recognition
- Nominated for the Prix Renaudot, for La petite fille qui aimait trop les allumettes
- Prix Ringuet from the Académie des lettres du Québec, for La petite fille qui aimait trop les allumettes
- Prix du grand public La Presse/Salon du livre de Montréal, for La petite fille qui aimait trop les allumettes
- The Immaculate Conception, shortlisted for the 2006 Scotiabank Giller Prize
- L'Immaculée conception (1994) (translated as The Immaculate Conception; published in France as 8 décembre)
- L'Acquittement (1997) (translated as Atonement)
- La petite fille qui aimait trop les allumettes (1998) (translated as The Little Girl Who Was Too Fond of Matches)
- Music-Hall!, (2002) (translated as Vaudeville!)
- "L'écrivain Gaétan Soucy meurt à 54 ans | Josée Lapointe | Livres". Lapresse.ca. Retrieved 2013-07-12.