By Herménégilde Chiasson, Jean Marc Dalpé, Manon Beaudoin, Yvan Bienvenue, Louis Patrick Leroux, Marc Prescott
Six villes de los angeles diaspora francophone – Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Montréal et Moncton – émergent sous los angeles plume de ces conteurs de fin de siècle. Des contes qui ont en commun une curieuse étrangeté d’où s’élève pourtant une lueur d’espoir. En cela, seraient-ils à l’image, plus ou moins confortable, plus ou moins à l’étroit, des francophonies dont ils sont le témoin et le reflet ?
Des contes éclatants, crus, de Manon Beaudoin, Yvan Bienvenue, Herménégilde Chiasson, Jean Marc Dalpé, Patrick Leroux et Marc Prescott. L’empreinte de chaque auteur y est indéniable.
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They live such primitive lives that they have not invented, as we have, a system of heating the atmosphere in the cold season, and because o f this their clothing, more faddish than sensible, responds more to the need to defend against the inclemencies o f the sky, while for us it obeys only the laws o f decorum. It need not even be added that Earthlings have not discovered the ultrafine cloths that we make, the product o f m icro scopic and flexible strands o f various metals. “So few are the advances in chemical synthesis on Earth that its inhabi tants, for nourishment, have no choice but to destroy billions of plant seeds and sacrifice an immense number of animals.
Then they meet to gether as the protagonists of the enchanting Festival of the Virgins, where they are presented to society and declared ready for marriage. The various nuclei of one same work system send to a central agency their marriageable virgins and their young men, whose age and virtues have won them the right to attend this magnificent three-day festival. On the first day the maidens display their delicate works, prized from infancy through their school years, and they take part in a variety of ex ercises based on the practical things they have learned.
Adorno called the type of writing exemplified by “The Distant Future” intuitive p o e try-a n apt term. The modern reader, however, struck by the perceptiveness and mechanistic imagina tion of Armonía, would recognize it as an early example of the technological utopia and an indisputable precursor of what we now call science fiction. The Distant Future El remoto porvenir, 1862 by Juan Nepomuceno Adorno translated by Andrea Bell INTRODUCTION Greetings, beauteous Planet o f green, resplendent fields, of silvered rivers and cerulean seas!