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Novel in French translation

The publication of Harpoon of the hunter in 1969 marks the beginning of a new era: the first novel written by an Inuit in Canada, it symbolises a historic passage from the spoken word to a written Inuit literature. The novel, both complex and dark, plunges its reader in the violent and hostile environment that is the Arctic, in which Markoosie’s hero, confronting the death of his loved ones, resorts to suicide as his only solution.

Markoosie Patsauq, Le harpon du chasseur, Montréal, Cerce du Livre de France, 1971 [1969], 95 p.