Germaine Guèvremont: a story greater than nature.
Thanks to the creation of a legendary character, Survenant, Germaine Guèvremont quickly became part of the collective Québécois imagination and stayed there for a long time.
Born Germaine Grignon in 1893 in Saint-Jérôme, and cousin of Claude-Henri Grignon, creator of Un homme et son péché, in 1916, she married Hyacinthe Guèvremont, a Sorel native whose mother was a Beauchemin from Sorel. This was the beginning of a beautiful love story with the region which she used that as the backdrop for many of her stories. She even had a small house on Îlette au Pé, in Sainte-Anne-de-Sorel, right in the heart of Survenant country.
When one of her daughters died, Germaine Guèvremont decided to become a journalist. She worked at The Gazette, Courrier de Sorel and the Paysanna magazine. In 1942, she published 18 short stories in a book entitled En pleine terre, 14 of which take place in the enchanting site of Chenal du Moine. Except for Survenant and Angélina, all the characters who made her famous came to life in En pleine terre.
The story of Survenant began in 1945. He was a traveler who had a power of attraction over people who only knew village life. From this meeting, Angélina, a symbol of the poor class, made people believe in a better future.
For this work, Germaine Guèvremont received, in addition to the public's approval, many prizes and honours in Québec, Canada and even France. These recognitions do not include the other lives of her narratives that will fascinate several generations. The work was produced in New York and London and has been adapted for radio, television and cinema.
When Germaine Guèvremont died in 1968, she was buried in Sorel. Leaving an impressive career behind her, she created characters that will forever mark the Sorel area.
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