[A]n exhilarating collision of genres [...] this intelligent and urgently written tale is likely to earn a cult following.
— Publishers Weekly
Baraka Books, 9781771860864

Baraka Books, 9781771860864

Brothers is a coming-of-age story that develops unusually, moving briskly and capturing the temporal and spatial shifting of a dream . . . The novel’s distinctive dreamlike flavour is strong and well-executed . . . a very open, very readable adventure.
— Winnipeg Review
The best book I read all year.
— National Post
By using timeless techniques to distill various traditions into a singular, satisfying story, Brothers offers a genuine example of literary innovation.
— Quill & Quire
— Globe and Mail
A surprising blend of fairy tale and adventure story, Brothers is a violent epic that feels like an ancient legend. A remarkable first novel, anchored in the traditions of another age and carried along by modern language.
— Lettres québécoises
Katia Grubisic’s translation of the text offers flowing, unadorned prose that sings with the depth and simplicity of the story. Clerson’s narrative charms lead us wilfully to unknown and unthinkable places. In the end, the reader is left with a single feather of hope, and the knowledge that beautiful monsters lurk at the fringes of CanLit.
— Montreal Review of Books

About the Book

David Clerson's first novel won the Grand prix littéraire Archambault 2014. It is an original piece of fiction, steeped in myth and fable, a reflection of our own familiar surroundings in a distorting mirror. This world of "monstrous creatures, bigger than anything they could imagine, two-headed fish, turtles with shells as huge as islands, whales with mouths big enough to swallow up whole cities" is seen through the eyes of two brothers, the elder brother missing an arm, the younger fashioned by his mother from that arm.