Gusse Oualzerre
Created by Daniel Da

A delusional P.I. possibly from Montreal?


Reinventing himself as a private eye, GUSSE OUALZERRE is hired by a bizarre character who calls himeself the General, to rescue his kidnapped daughter Mathilda. The case soon takes a weird, surreal turn, and the reader is never quite sure what's real and what's a figment of Gusse's imagination. But don't worry, it's apparently intentional -- the running title of this series translates as The Hallicinatory Adeventures of Gusse Oualzerre.

But it turns out maybe I'm hallucinating a bit myself. According to his creator, Montreal writer Daniel Da "GO isn't from Montreal (nowhere in the novels is it said that he is from this beautiful city of ours) unless you think so. GO is built as an open sign, a sound -- you make what you want out of him, a Montreal private eye if you wish. The same goes for the adventures. I believe in the creativity of the reader."


The trippiness of the series even extends to its covers. The first book won the Grand Prix de la Concours Graphika for Best Book Cover. Or maybe that should have been for non-cover. And the second book, Projet Danaide, also drew a little attention -- it comes sealed in an evidence bag. And the third, entitled Le poisson français (The French Fish) comes in "a Ziplock, of course."

Alas, so far there doesn't seem to be any sign of an English translation.




Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith (original report, February 2001). And merci à Danel for helping keep this bloke straight.

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