Hubert Aquin Critical Essays


(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

Aquin, Hubert 1929–1977

Aquin was a Canadian novelist. A political activist before he became a writer. Aquin continued to be concerned primarily with political themes. A recurrent theme in his fiction is the effects on the individual of the French-Canadian nationalism issue. His highly acclaimed first novel, Prochain épisode, emerged from his experiences as a political activist. Aquin is noted for his unusual, quick-paced style, complicated structuring, and imaginative use of metaphor. He committed suicide in 1977.