Book Review: Dérives

Book Review: Dérives

LiQ_Mag_Mar_2015_coverThis book review first appeared in the March 2015 issue of Life in Québec Magazine.

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Dérives
By Biz
Price: $11.95
ISBN: 9782760933163
Published by Leméac

Biz, a member of popular Québec rap group Loco Locass, explores the taboo of male postnatal depression in this novella.

Dérives alternates between the silence and immobility of depression and the screams of the “tiny tyrant” that has seized control of a sleepy republic. Depression takes the form of a metaphorical swamp steeped in Greek mythology that leads slowly but inexorably to the River Styx as the new father struggles to adapt to a not-so-quiet revolution.

As a new generation of mothers strives to reconcile the idealized image of family life with the 4 a.m. reality, the father’s view remains something of a rarity. Biz delivers his thoughts frankly but poetically, exposing “the gap between day-to-day life and how parenting is marketed” and recounting how his relationship with his wife survived this enforced ménage à trois.

Feeling the weight of the world on his shoulders, the narrator seeks refuge in his bed. His Odyssey ends when he meets Cerberus, the three-headed hound that guards the gates of Hades. It is here that he decides that enough is enough: it is time to turn around and do what he hasn’t done since the birth of his son—live.

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About Author

Peter McCambridge

Peter McCambridge is originally from Ireland and has lived in Québec City for 11 years now. He translates novels and tourism articles. Peter is currently translating his sixth novel.

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