Magazine article World Literature Today

Le Temps Du Paysage

Magazine article World Literature Today

Le Temps Du Paysage

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Hélène Dcricn. Le temps du paysage. Montréal. Editions Druide. 2016. 123 pages.

Hélène Dorions two latest volumes are autobiographical prose poems written in homage to her dying parents. In Recommencements (2014), Dorion offered an emotional tribute to the bond she shared with her mother. Le Temps du paysage is an existential homage to her father. A writer-in-residence guest of the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, Dorion sojourned in Umbria in 2015, revisiting "my life's roots . . . to inhabit [the landscape] as much as it inhabits me." A telephone call abruptly ended her stay just as she returned from a morning walk and plunged her into a mental fog that mirrored the fog shrouding the landscape.

Fate ushered for Dorion three "landscapes of time" that structure the book. These three "windows" of existence are introduced with quotes by Prench writer Pascal Quignard. First, repeated time, as one has to traverse grief anew to reach life. Second, frozen time, as "something" unseats the soul in the body. Third, time reversed as love reverses the course of one's life. These three life frames host a voyage through memory, a long litany of memories as Dorion walks alongside her father during his last moments. …

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