A Live Bird In Its Jaws

A Live Bird In Its Jaws



About the book

  • Winner of the Governor General's Award for Drama

A deep and disturbing play about love, incest, and death that draws us into its heavy beauty, seduced by both the images and the language.

“An artful and provocative play.” —Toronto Star

About the author

Delisle, Jeanne-Mance

Jeanne-Mance Delisle won the Governor General's award for French drama in 1987 for the original French version of A Live Bird in its Jaws, Un oiseau vivant dans la gueule, a deep and disturbing play about love, incest, and death.

About the translator

Saint-Pierre, Yves

Yves Saint-Pierre has translated two novels, Paul Toupin's The New Inquisition and Jacques Godbout's An American Story, Anne Legault's play A Visit from the Indians, Fernando Arrabal's play A Girl for a Gorilla and Pierre Dagenais' teleplay The Buck. Also a widely-published poet, Saint-Pierre currently lives in Montreal where he teaches English literature.


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Clearly, A Live Bird In Its Jaws is not your garden-variety domestic drama. Delisle's play, which won the 1987 Governor-General's award for French drama, is about nothing less than a complete meltdown of Freudian passions between three characters: the traditional… >>

The Globe & Mail

Part fairy tale, part fable, part sexual game, A Live Bird In Its Jaws sparks with animalistic tension and poetic language. >>

NOW Magazine

An artful and provocative play. >>

The Toronto Star

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