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.
WORKSIn Russian translation:
“Strasti gospodni.” In Zateriannaia ulitsa: Sovremennaia kanadskaia novella. Compilation and introduction by L. Orel. Moscow, 1971.
REFERENCEVannikova, N. I. Kanadskaia literatura na frantsuzskom iazyke (1945–1965). Moscow, 1969.
Tougas, G. Histoire de la littérature canadienne-française. Paris, 1960.