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Nora Alleyn (1933-2011)

Guernica translator Nora Alleyn (1933-2011) passed away on Monday, Nov. 13th. Nora grew up in a bicultural family in Québec City. Following a B.A. in languages at McGill University, she joined the Department of External Affairs and lived in Europe and the Middle East. She studied translation at Laval, McGill and the Université de Montréal, and creative writing at the National University of Ireland (Galway), Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference (U. of Vermont), Summer Film Institute (Massachussetts), and West Word (U.B.C.). An indefatigable believer in the power of translation, Nora translated several books for Guernica Editions, including Carole David’s The Place Where Your Soul Dwells and Unholy Stories. Her translation of Catherine Lalonde’s award-winning Corps étranger is set for publication in the Spring of 2012.

Out to sea
to seek a place to rest her precious soul
She has left softly, in no pain.
Surrounded by her so numerous loving friends and family.

Jennifer Alleyn

Family will receive condolences, on Sunday November 20th, between noon and 3 pm. There will be a ceremony in the chapel at 3 pm. at the Complexe Funéraire Mont-Royal, 1297 Chemin de la Forêt, Outremont, Québec. Tél: (514) 279-6540 A reception will follow the ceremony.

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