The Tin Flute. Roy, Gabrielle (translated by Alan Brown). McClelland and Stewart, Toronto. 1980. First edition/Special Edition.Green cloth boards with pasted on portrait of the author front panel; decorated in gilt on the front panel and spine; illustrated with drawings by Harold Town. Matching green cloth slipcase. 8vo up to 9½” tall. 384 pages. “With compliments of the Canada Council” stamp on free endpaper. In pristine condition.
Gabrielle Roy (1909-1983) was a French Canadian writer. Roy won the prestigious Prix Femina in 1947 for the original French version entitled “Bonheur d’occasion” (1945). Published in English as The Tin Flute (1947), the book won the 1947 Governor General’s Award for fiction as well as the Royal Society of Canada’s Lorne Pierce Medal. Set in the Montréal slum of St-Henri during WWII, it is “French Canadian literature’s first example of urban realism.” 002453 $40