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country of citizenship: Canada
language of expression: French
educated at: Université du Québec à Montréal
occupation: actor, writer, novelist, poet
award received: prix littéraires du Salon du livre du Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award, Quebec bookseller's award, Prix littéraire des collégiens, Prix SACD de la dramaturgie francophone
Larry Tremblay (born April 17, 1954 in Chicoutimi) is a Canadian writer from Quebec. He is a two-time nominee for the Governor General's Award for French-language fiction, for Le Mangeur de bicyclette at the 2003 Governor General's Awards and for L'Orangeraie at the 2014 Governor General's Awards, and a nominee for the Governor General's Award for French-language drama at the 1997 Governor General's Awards for the published compilation of his plays Ogre and Cornemuse.Several of his works have also been published in English translations by Sheila Fischman, Linda Gaboriau, Keith Turnbull and Chantal Bilodeau. The Bicycle Eater, Fischman's translation of Le Mangeur de bicyclette, was also a nominee for the Governor General's Award for French to English translation at the 2006 Governor General's Awards.After completing a doctorate in theatre at the Université du Québec à Montréal, he travelled to India to study kathakali, which has remained an influence on his writing. Many of his plays focus on characters confronting psychological trauma. In Le Déclic du destin, a character progressively loses body parts; in The Dragonfly of Chicoutimi, the central character recovers from aphasia only to learn that while recovering his ability to speak he has lost his native language; and in La Hache a university professor is driven insane by his obsession with ideological purity in literature.Tremblay has also taught acting at the Université du Québec à Montréal.
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