Iotékha', which means “he burns” in the Mohawk language, is the journal of a feverish traveler who is torn between the pains and passions of life, who reveals his hopes and despairs, tirelessly seeking illuminations. Iotékha' is a book about things barely glimpsed, tobacco smoke, imaginary doomsdays, amazing yet ordinary people and fires that call us in the distance…
A star of film, stage and television, as well as a playwright and translator,
Robert Lalonde is one of Quebec’s leading novelists. The author of over
20 books, his first novel, La belle épouvante, won the 1981 Robert
Cliche Prize, while his Le Petit aigle à tête blanche won the
1994 Governor General’s Award for French Fiction, as well as the 1995
Prix France-Québec. Born in Oka, Quebec, in 1947, he studied at the Séminaire
Sainte-Thérèse and Montreal’s Conservatoire national d’art dramatique.
An Officer of the Order of Canada and a member of l’Académie des lettres
du Québec, he has been writer in residence at McGill University and has
taught creative writing and drama at several colleges and universities.
His previous books published in translation by Ekstasis Editions include
The Ogre of Grand Remous, The Devil Incarnate, One Beautiful Day to
Come, The Whole Wide World, Seven Lakes Further North, The Last Indian
Summer, What Will I Become Until I Die?, Little Eagle with a White Head,
The Heart Is What Dies Last, The World on the Side of a Trout and
The Little Thief.