The Four-Doored House

Pierre Nepveu
Translated by Donald Winkler

The Four-Doored House evokes two key women in Pierre Nepveu’s life. First, his granddaughter Lily, who he imagines maturing into a complex world, haunted by her memory of him as he is haunted now by her projected self, navigating an era awash in uncertainty and unease. Imbued with both wonder and disquiet, it is an aging poet’s celebration of childhood, as well as a meditation on his own “future absence.” There follows his celebration of C, the woman with whom Nepveu shares his nights and days. These are love poems dedicated to a companion who has aided him in finding "new phrases that reformulate the impossible.” The culmination of a brilliant career, translated into fluent and thrilling English by Donald Winker, The Four-Doored House is Nepveu’s most enduring work yet.

Signal Editions
Poetry 2023


“The striking, densely packed, remarkably translated poems of The Four-Doored House deserve time spent with them as they stretch out time across verses, thoughtfully observing loved ones and the self throughout life.” – Robyn Fadden, Montreal Review of Books

“Both Winkler and Nepveu have won Governor General Awards for Literature—one of Winkler’s is for the previous translation of Nepveu’s The Major Verbs, which was also published by Véhicule Press. The voice here, passed from one writer to the next, is a remarkable culmination of their previous collaborative work. It is a career-defining collection for both artists.” … “The Four-Doored House is love poured into exact and moving images.” … “It is a profound, generative, whirlwind of a collection that wants to shatter the linearity of time.” – Emily Mernin, Canadian Notes and Queries

Pierre Nepveu has received the Governor General's Award three times. His other awards include the Québec-Paris Prize, the Prix Victor-Barbeau de l'Académie des lettres du Québec, and the Canada-Swiss Prize. Nepveu was made a member of the Order of Canada in 2012. Under its original title, L’espace caressé par ta voix, The Four-Doored House was a finalist for The Grand Prix du Livre de Montréal in 2020.

Donald Winkler is a filmmaker and translator. He is a three-time winner of the Governor General's Literary Award for Translation. His translation of Pierre Nepveu's The Major Verbs won in 2013. He lives in Montreal.

Other books by Pierre Nepveu:
The Hardness of Matter and Water
The Major Verbs

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