Lemelin, Roger

The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Lemelin, Roger


Born Apr. 7, 1919, in Quebec. Canadian writer. Writes in French.

At 17, Lemelin worked for a grain merchant and then was a forester and a boxer. The heroes of Lemelin’s novels The Town Below (1944) and The Plouffe Family (1948) are workers and their families, all active, life-loving people. Lemelin’s work treats Philistinism with deep irony and the Catholic Church with severe criticism. The novel In Quest of Splendor (1952) is a psychological study of a young man’s development and a satire on bourgeois politicians. Lemelin stopped publishing in 1952.


In Russian translation:
“Strasti gospodni.” In Zateriannaia ulitsa: Sovremennaia kanadskaia novella. Compilation and introduction by L. Orel. Moscow, 1971.


Vannikova, N. I. Kanadskaia literatura na frantsuzskom iazyke (1945–1965). Moscow, 1969.
Tougas, G. Histoire de la littérature canadienne-française. Paris, 1960.
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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