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Gérard is an alcoholic and former crime reporter, gone back to live in the impoverished Montreal neighbourhood where he grew up. One night, his shoelace comes undone, delaying his return home and saving his life when his apartment building mysteriously blows up. Six of his neighbours are dead, others are missing. Plunged into a personal crisis, Gérard sets off looking for answers. Who were his neighbours and why was he spared? Is this his last chance to redeem himself?

This novel, written by Quebec film-maker Bernard Émond, became the basis for his feature film 20h17, rue Darling.



Stories are sacred. I'm unsure about a lot of things in life, but I know stories are sacred. Stories are the only eternity an agnostic like me can believe in ...
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My name is Gérard and I’m an alcoholic. I’ve been
sober for two months and two days. I’m sitting
in a motel room beside the Atlantic. I’m looking at
the ocean. I don’t like the ocean, but I’m looking at
it anyway. My mind is all over the place. I’m thinking
about luck and fate, and things like that. It’s December.
The view is boring, just snow falling on dark, dreary
waves. I really shouldn’t be here. But I am.

It all began seven months ago in a hotel room in
Montreal, at the corner of Guy and René-Lévesque.
The first thing I saw when I walked in was the mini-
bar. I thanked God they hadn’t given me the key. Not that
that stopped me. I still tried to open it. I was thirsty.
I know all about thirsty. I’ve spent my whole
life thirsty.

The beautiful thing about booze is that for a few
hours or a few days life is simple. All your failures,
your faults, and your mistakes; all your needs, your
worries, and your discontents; all the hurt you’ve
caused – everything is reduced to a single problem:
finding the next drink. It’s a great way to consolidate
your debts. Life is complicated, drinking is simple.

Though obviously there’s the morning after. Or
the week after, or the month after. The day when you
sober up. The day the bill comes due.
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8:17 pm, rue Darling

Published 2014 by Guernica Editions in Canada .
Written in English.

About the Book

An English-language translation of Québec film-maker Bernard Émond's novel 20h17, rue Darling, on which he based his feature film of the same name.

The original French edition of the novel is published by Lux Éditeur, Montreal.

The English edition contains translator's notes, plus a biography and list of films by Bernard Émond.

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  • Translator
    Gilmore, John
  • Author
    Émond, Bernard

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