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Jacques Poulin

Jacques Poulin (born 23 September 1937 in Saint-Gédéon, Quebec) is a Canadian novelist with a quiet and intimate style of writing. Poulin studied psychology and arts at the Université Laval in Quebec City; he started his career as commercial translator and later became a college guidance counselor. Only after the success of his second novel, Jimmy (1969), was he able to devote himself completely to his writing. Poulin has written fourteen novels, many of which have been translated into English by Sheila Fischman, and published by Cormorant Books.

Poulin lived in Paris for 15 years, but now lives in Quebec City.

Poulin's Volkswagen Blues was selected as a candidate in the CBC's 2005 edition of Canada Reads, where it was championed by Roch Carrier, author and former National Librarian of Canada.

Awards and recognition


  • The "Jimmy" Trilogy:
    • Mon cheval pour un royaume — 1967 (Translated as My Horse for a Kingdom)
    • Jimmy — 1969 (Translated as Jimmy)
    • Le cœur de la baleine bleue — 1970 (Translated as The Heart of the Blue Whale)
  • Les grandes marées — 1978 (Spring Tides, translated by Sheila Fischman, (Archipelago Books), 2007)
  • Volkswagen Blues — 1984 (Translated as Volkswagen Blues)
  • Faites de beaux rêves — 1974 (Not yet translated)
  • Le Vieux Chagrin — 1989 (Translated as Mr. Blue)
  • La tournée d'automne — 1993 (Translated as Autumn Rounds)
  • Chat sauvage — 1998 (Translated as Wild Cat)
  • Les yeux bleus de Mistassini — 2002 (Translated as My Sister's Blue Eyes)
  • La traduction est une histoire d'amour — 2006 (Translation is a Love Affair, translated by Sheila Fischman (Archipelago Books), 2009)
  • L'Anglais n'est pas une langue magique — 2009 (Not yet translated)
  • L'Homme de la Saskatchewan — 2011 (Not yet translated)
  • Un jukebox dans la tête — 2015 (Not yet translated)

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