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He was born in Sainte-Justine-de-Dorchester, Quebec and studied at the Université St-Louis (in the Canadian province of New Brunswick), the Université de Montréal (in Quebec), and at the Sorbonne, in Paris, France, where he received a doctorate in literature.
Also involved in theatre (having served as dramaturge at the Théâtre du Nouveau-Monde ), Carrier has adapted La guerre, yes sir! and Floralie, où es-tu? for the stage. La guerre, yes sir! was produced as a play in 1970. Floralie, où es-tu? was performed by Théâtre du Nouveau-Monde in 1974.
An excerpt from "Le chandail de hockey" ("The Hockey Sweater"), one of Carrier's most famous contes, is reprinted on the back of the Canadian five-dollar bill. The story, about a young boy who orders a Montreal Canadiens sweater from the Eaton's catalogue, but receives a Toronto Maple Leafs jersey instead, is considered by many to be a literary allegory for the linguistic and cultural tensions between English and French Canadians, and is thus considered one of the most important works of Canadian literature ever written, essential reading for anybody who seeks to understand the complex realities of linguistic and cultural identity in Canada.
- La guerre, yes sir! (1968)
- Floralie, où es-tu? (Floralie, Where Are You?) (1969)
- Il est par là, le soleil (Is it the Sun, Philibert?) (1970)
- Jardin des délices (The Garden of Delights) (1975)
- Il n'y a pas de pays sans grand-père (No Country without Grandfathers) (1977)
- Les enfants du bonhomme dans la lune (The Hockey Sweater and other stories) (1979)
- Dame qui avait des chaînes aux chevilles (Lady with Chains) (1981)
- Prières d'un enfant très très sage (Prayers of a Very Wise Child) (1991)
- Prières d'un adolescent très très sage (Prayers of a Young Man) (1998)
See also: Canadian literature.
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