Claude Jasmin

Claude Jasmin, novelist, playwright, essayist, arts chronicler and scenographer (b at Montréal 10 Nov 1930). He received his diploma in applied arts at the École du meuble in Montréal and became a scenographer with Société Radio-Canada in 1956.

Jasmin, Claude

Claude Jasmin, novelist, playwright, essayist, arts chronicler and scenographer (b at Montréal 10 Nov 1930). He received his diploma in applied arts at the École du meuble in Montréal and became a scenographer with Société Radio-Canada in 1956. He did his first radio scripts for R-C, 10 years before the publication of his first novel, Et puis tout est silence, in Les Écrits du Canada français in 1960. That same year, he won the award of the Cercle du livre de France for La Corde au cou.

Part of the QUIET REVOLUTION generation, he was preoccupied with political questions, aligning himself with the PARTI PRIS writers, though he never officially joined them. He won the Prix Arthur B. Wood for his play Le Veau dort (1963), the Prix France-Québec for his novel Ethel et le terroriste (1964) and the Prix France-Canada for La Sablière (1980), a novel from which Jean BEAUDIN created the screenplay for the successful film, Mario.

He abandoned political and national questions sooner than other writers of his generation, turning to the fictionalized autobiography that won him the greatest success of his career. First published as a novel in 1972, La Petite Patrie became from 1974 to 1976 a popular TV series in Québec. Other works have taken their inspiration from many different sources and include Le Loup de Brunswick city (1976) and L'Armoir de Pantagruel (1982). During his career, he has been the arts chronicler for various publications, and his polemical style quickly won him the title of enfant terrible of Québec letters.