100 Days in Uranium City by Ariane Dénommé
Translation by Helge Dascher and Rob Aspinall
Nominated for the Bédélys Québec Prize 2017
Inspired by the stories her father told her, Dénommé sketches a portrait of a Northern mining town in the 1970s. Shifts in the uranium mine last 100 days, followed by two weeks spent adjusting to civilization before returning.
The pay is good, the work is grueling and everyone drinks heavily on a Saturday night. Life is hollow, one shift at a time, waiting for the depletion of resources —natural or human.
A quiet but powerful read, rendered in gorgeous pencil like the dust of the mine, revealing lives on the page.
About Ariane Dénommé
Ariane Dénommé is an artist and illustrator whose graphic novel Du chez-soi, was nominated for the Prix Bédelys Québec in 2012. She has self-published numerous books, in which her worried, sometimes anguished, human menagerie is always illustrated with devastating black humour. This is her first book to be translated into English.