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Gilles Jobidon

  • Publication date: August 2018
  • Publisher: Leméac Éditeur
  • Country: CA
  • 168 print pages
  • Drama


  • Epoch: Historical
  • Time Period: 19th century
  • Location setting: China
  • Themes: PEOPLE facing life, Dependence, Facing failure, SOCIETY DYSFUNCTIONS, Inequality, Power, Ecology, Totalitarian regime, War and other conflicts, Modernization, Corruption, SOCIAL CHRONICLES, Commitment, Intolerance, LOVE / HATE, Amorous urge


Jacques Trévier is a watchmaker for the Chinese Emperor in the mid-1800s. To appease the heavens, the emperor tasks Trévier to find an eluding black dye in order to build a monument celebrating the unity of East and West.


Gilles Jobidon is a writer from Quebec. His first novel LA ROUTE DES PETITS MATINS was awarded the prix Robert-Cliche 2003, the prix Ringuet 2004 de l’Académie des lettres du Québec and the prix Anne-Hébert 2005.


All the characters in this novel are fictional although the time period fits with the second opium war in 1860. Jacques Trévier, a.k.a Chang Fu Yin, is a ex-jesuit priest residing in China. He works as a watchmaker in the Imperial court of Mu Xi.

As the period is troubled, Mu Xi decides to build a temple to unite East and West and please the heavens. The interior is to be decorated with draperies of black silk, a deep colour that can only be found on the island of Baël, an elusive island located near Oman...

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