The magazine allied itself with the major ideological currents of its time: Marxist-Leninism, Sartrean existentialism and Third World decolonization. It drew heavily on these ideologies to develop a virulent analysis of Québec as a colonized society whose inhabitants were economically, culturally and politically deeply alienated, dispossessed of their being along with their homeland. Parti pris consistently rejected "French Canada" and called "Québec" into existence. On the literary level, it was known for the JOUAL writing it published. The group put out powerful, shocking works, such as Le Cassé (1964; tr Flat Broke and Beat, 1964) by Jacques Renaud, L'Afficheur hurle (1965; tr The Shouting Signpainters, 1972) by Paul Chamberland, and an extraordinary essay, NÈGRES BLANCS D'AMÉRIQUE (1968; tr White Niggers of America, 1971) by Pierre VALLIÈRES. Parti pris was a brilliant literary generation. In the words of a contemporary, it was the Québec "Intellectual" Liberation Front.
Author ROBERT MAJOR
Shawnadithit grew anxious waiting for her uncle, Longnon, to return to camp at the junction of Badger Brook and the Exploits River, deep in the wilds of Newfoundland...