The Price Adagio François Ricard
THREE-RIVERS — the direction of The Salon du livre de Trois-Rivières was Tuesday at the Awards ceremony Adagio, reward biennial in celebrating the excellence of an author from the region have marked the literary scene here and elsewhere. One can hardly imagine a more judicious choice than the recipient of 2019: François Ricard, essayist, professor of French literature at McGill University for over 40 years and a prominent scholar of Gabrielle Roy and Milan Kundera.
We no longer count the number of awards that have been granted to the native of what was Shawinigan-Sud in 1947. Include three Awards of the governor-general in 1985, 1997 and 2003, and the Prix Athanase-David in 2018, the title of Knight of the national Order of Quebec, or the Great medal of the francophonie of the French Academy for his work as a whole. However, despite a long list of honors and awards, it is with great modesty that he has accepted Tuesday the Price Adagio that will bring him to a specific visibility during the holding of the book fair he from 28 to 31 march.
“It is true that I have received several awards the last few years, but this reflects mostly my age, he ironisé in front of the public present for the occasion at the bibliothèque Gatien-Lapointe. It remains that this Price Adagio is very special to my heart. It is certainly of those that make me the most pleasure, and this, for several reasons. First, it comes in any way close a loop since the very first award I won was in 1965 at a time when The Novelist has organised a competition for Christmas stories and mine was selected and published. Fifty-four years later, I come back to receive this very nice award.”
“It remains that the main reason for my pleasure is that it comes from the region where I was born and where I grew up. My paternal family is installed in Shawinigan-Sud for the past two or three centuries ago and my wife is also from mauritius. It is my homeland and intimate, where I learned my language, where I received my education. It is here that I discovered everything that was going to make me live by the result. I owe a lot to the Mauricie region.”
François Ricard was educated at the Séminaire Sainte-Marie from 1959 to 1966 and custody of these years of learning a great souvenir. “I’m part of one of the last cohorts to have completed the classical course. We live in a time of transition so that we could enjoy a great and rich tradition, while being very open to the new. There has been much criticism of the classical course, but I confess that for me, these are wonderful memories. The Séminaire Sainte-Marie was a unique environment with priests remarkable that created a climate that is very rich for students curious like I was. Despite the caricatured image that we have made over the years, I can say that the classical course was the great merit of we learn the freedom.”
“When I think back today to all the people of the region to which I am indebted, it makes me even more humbled by this award that I am given. I am very touched and it is an immense pleasure as you do me.”
It is the abbot Jean Panneton, who introduced the recipient to the public with humour and verve which characterizes gold, the organizers would not have been able to make more informed choice since not only it has taught literature to François Ricard on the SMW, but it was even accompanied on a two-month stay in France marked by various pilgrimages in literature. “It had been two months of exaltation, constantly, while I was 20 years old and I discovered my passion for literature.”
The abbot Panneton indicated that this is the form of the essay, which undoubtedly marked the literary career of his former student because it is best suited to its clear language, clear and direct.
Close to Gabrielle Roy, François Ricard has devoted a biography to become a key reference, and it has also worked closely with Milan Kundera, with which he prepared the edition of Milan Kundera: in the very prestigious collection la Pléiade.
At 72 years of age, even retired from teaching for a dozen years, he remains very active in, in particular, of the publishing house Boréal, where he founded the collection of essays pasted wallpapers.