Germaine Guèvremont and the Outlander

This exhibition presents an overview of the life and work of author Germaine Guèvremont, whose novels Le Survenant and Marie-Didace (translated into English as a single volume under the name The Outlander) are considered classics of Quebec literature.

The literary quality of these novels is made evident by the many awards they’ve received over the years. The radio (1947 to 1955), television (1954 to 1960) and film (2005) adaptations of this work are presented, via archive photographs and artifacts (e.g., costumes worn by the actors Jean Coutu and Jean-Nicolas Verreault), in an environment inspired by the sets of the TV series.

The exhibition includes a work by artist Julie Traversy, made up of six painted panels, that honours Germaine Guèvremont’s work by spotlighting three famous couples from her novels.

Germaine Guèvremont marked our collective subconscious by creating the legendary figure of that “great knight of the roads,” the Stranger. She also helped raise the profile of the Sorel-Tracy region, Sainte-Anne-de-Sorel and the Chenal du Moine—still known today as the Stranger’s country. This wonderful region will long be associated with her literary work in the collective memory of our society.

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