The Island of Books

The Island of Books

by Dominique Fortier

Translated by Rhonda Mullins

Published by: Coach House Books

176 pages, 5.00 x 8.00 in

  • Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781552453384
  • Published: November 2016


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A fifteenth-century portrait painter, grieving the untimely death of his unrequited love, takes refuge at the monastery at Mont Saint-Michel, an island off the coast of France. He haunts the halls until the monks assign him the task of copying manuscripts – though he is illiterate. His work heals him and grows the monastery's library into a beautiful city of books, all under the shadow of the invention of the printing press.

Dominique Fortier is an editor and translator living in Montreal. She is the author of five books, including On the Proper Use of Stars and Wonder.

Rhonda Mullins is an award-winning translator and writer living in Montreal, Quebec.