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Hélène Pedneault
Translated by Linda Gaboriau
Montreal, NuAge Editions, 1993. 62pp, paper,
$8.95, ISBN 0-921833-07-5. Originally published as
La Déposition (VLB Éditeur, 1988). CIP

Grades 10 and up / Ages 15 and up

Reviewed by Gina Varty

Volume 22 Number 4
1994 September

T.S. Eliot wrote in "The Hollow Men,"

     Between the idea
     And the reality
     Between the motion
     And the Act
     Falls the Shadow

This shadow haunts the characters in  Evidence to the Contrary as they hover between the real and the imagined, light and darkness, and guilt and innocence.

Lena stands accused of murdering her mother. The police inspector questions her confession, and she changes her story. With evidence mounting against her, the truth, buried under layers of pain and darkness, is dramatically enlightened. An act of hatred becomes a commitment of love.

Written by well-known Quebec playwright, songwriter and essayist,  La Déposition toured France and has been translated into English, Dutch, German, Spanish and Italian. It is a very cinematic work in three distinct parts with a cast of three women and one man.

This book is recommended for mature readers who, like Lena ..., "wander through life, apparently whole, but with deep feeling that something is missing inside" .... As it offers evidence to the contrary.

Gina Varty is the librarian with the Audio Visual Educational Library, United Church of Canada, in Edmonton, Alberta

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