by Chris Bergeron
House of Anansi Press
A genre-bending speculative look at a dark future, Valid shares the story of one trans woman leading a revolution.
This is a mutiny.
If our mutiny is to succeed, I must name things well, without diversion. Lacking this, you will not deviate from your certainties.
Here it is: I am trans.
As in transgression. I have broken genres. I have removed myself from the rules.
I am trans.
As in translation. I have dragged the elements that make up my person from one state to another. My geometry is variable.
And tonight, I am a revolution.
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Set in a disturbingly transfigured Montreal in the year 2050, Valid is a monologue delivered over the span of eight hours by Christelle, a seventy-year-old trans woman forced to live as a man in order to survive. Speaking to her captor, an ever–more powerful AI, she turns the tables and mounts her own revolution by showing her truest self. Part autofiction, part dystopic speculation on an all-too-possible future characterized by corporate power, ecological collapse, and political havoc, Valid is an ambitious work that is as much philosophical as it is confessional.
Translated by Natalia Hero.