Hubert Aquin Next Episode

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Next Episode

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A member of the FLQ idles away his time in a Montreal psychiatric hospital by writing a quasi-autobiographical spy thriller set in 1960s Switzerland. The volatile hero of this flamboyant novel within a novel reunites with his long-lost lover and fellow revolutionary "K" only to embark on a mission (on K's request) to assassinate a wealthy RCMP informer known as H. de Heutz. Twice, he is handed a perfect opportunity to complete his mission and twice, Hamlet-like, he falters and fails.

Like Joseph Conrad's The Secret Agent, Next Episode captures the mood of muddling desperation and hysteria experienced at the ground level of a terrorist operation. Hubert Aquin's passionate first novel galvanized a generation of Quebec youth when it first appeared in French in 1965. Canadian film actor Carl Marotte captures the urgency and breathtaking lyricism of this anguished intellectual tour de force, which originally aired on CBC Radio's "Between the Covers."

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Set in the heady days of 1960s Quebec, Next Episode offers a disturbing glimpse into the mind of a young terrorist. Idling away his incarceration in a Montreal psychiatric hospital, a member of Quebec's separatist army (the FLQ) begins writing a quasi-autobiographical spy thriller. The volatile narrator of this flamboyant novel within a novel reunites by chance with a long-lost lover and fellow revolutionary, the enigmatic "K," only to embark on a mission to assassinate a wealthy RCMP informer known as H. de Heutz. In a vertiginous car chase through Switzerland, however, he suffers a crisis of nerve. Who exactly is the elusive H. de Heutz? And could his target's mysterious blond companion be K?

Hubert Aquin's passionate first novel galvanized a generation of Quebec youth when it first appeared in French in 1965. Canadian film actor Carl Marotte captures the urgency and breathtaking lyricism of this anguished intellectual tour de force, which originally aired on CBC Radio's "Between the Covers."

About the Author:

Hubert Aquin was born in Montreal, Quebec, in 1929. After receiving his licentiate in philosophy from the University of Montreal, he spent three years at the Institute of Political Studies in Paris and then returned to the University of Montreal where he studied for one year at the Institute of History. Aquin worked as a radio and television producer with the CBC's public affairs division in Montreal and won many awards for his work as a director with the National Film Board. A fervent separatist, he was arrested in 1964 for illegal possession of a firearm and spent four months in a psychiatric hospital where he wrote his celebrated first novel Prochain épisode/Next Episode. He went on to publish three more novels (including Trou de mémoire/ Blackout in 1965 and Neige noire/ Hamlet's Twin in 1974). He was the first Canadian writer to refuse the Governor General's Award for fiction. In 1977, at 47 years of age, he shot himself in the head in the middle-class Montreal neighbourhood of Notre-Dame-de-Grace. He is remembered as a literary martyr in the fight for Quebec independence.

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