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Robert Goulet
Tales of Fornalutx

Robert Goulet was born in French Canada in timber country, far from any large city or the English. The Catholic church was dominant and sometimes harsh in its discipline and rituals. His first novel, A Violent Season, reveals his attutude towards the place where he was born. He left Canada at an early age and wound up in the United States. He eventually settled in Mallorca, Spain, in a magnificent mansion in Fornalutx, a peasant village in the mountains. He calls these stories “tales”, which suggests that the narrative style is simple and that the characters are peasants. They sometimes read like folktales, but they are actually very sophisticated. His other books include Quebec Boy, Manicomio, and Puri.