I Hate Hockey by Francois Barcelo


I Hate Hockey by Francois Barcelo

In this sardonic roman noir, Antoine Vachon--a loser who has lived in a pitiful bachelor apartment since his wife left him and he lost his job as a car salesman--is persuaded to coach his son's hockey team for one game because the previous coach died mysteriously. Antoine makes it through the game, to great comic effect, but things go awry when the team stops at a motel and he shares a room with star player Nguyen. His roommate makes it clear that the previous coach was a pedophile and regularly shared a room with Nguyen or Antoine's own 14-year-old son. Antoine begins to suspect that his son killed the coach and goes to unbelievable ends to hide him from the police. To make matters worse, Nguyen, who turns out to be a girl, is pregnant, and Antoine's son is her boyfriend. Antoine and his ex-wife want to help the two kids and their future baby, but it is too late.


Barcelo is not a genius. He just has talent... but he has a lot of it. Gilles Marcotte, L'actualite. An excellent short thriller, set in somber surroundings, that also gets you laughing... darkly. Jessica emond-Ferrat I can't help but read Barcelo. I devour his books. It's his style first. Relaxed. Every time I open a book by him I wonder what he will invent next.

A sad and bleak book, riddled with humour both broad and pointed. I found it to be a true satire (vicious at times, as satire must be) of life in contemporary Quebec. (...) The picture is that of a profoundly dislocated society that implicitly offers little more than hockey, sexual molestation, social and political desolation, and suicide to its young people. A bitter and courageous book. Fred A. Reed, Journalist and award-winning literary translator. I couldn't put it down... This was good writing and a riveting story. Marie White, Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph The drama, the stor

About the Author

Francois Barcelo is the author of more than 50 books in French, including Cadavres; Moi, les parapluies; and Nulle part au Texas. He was the first Quebec writer published in Gallimard's prestigious Serie Noire collection. He is the recipient of the Governor General's Award for French-language children's literature. He lives in Montreal, Quebec. Peter McCambridge is a certified, full-time translator, who has several years' experience in translation, writing, editing, and international communications. He lives in Quebec City, Quebec.

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112 pages


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Publication date

15th January 2012



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