Little Russia



Guyenne is a small village north-east of Amos. Unlike other communities in Abitibi, Guyenne is a cooperative : 50% of all the money its inhabitants make goes to developing the colony. People in the vicinity have a nickname for it : they call it “Little Russia.” Inspired by the story of his grandparents, who lived in Guyenne from 1948 to 1968, Little Russia sees author Francis Desharnais delving into his own family’s past to explore Quebec’s rural heritage through the lens of both grassroots socialism and early feminism. An intimate story of epic scale, Little Russia is a fascinating foray into an unusual and largely forgotten social experiment.

Translated by Helge Dascher


  • Prix des libraires du Québec 2019 – Bande dessinée Québec
  • Prix de la critique ACBD 2019 – Bande dessinée québécoise
  • Bédéis Causa 2019 – Grand prix de la ville de Québec
  • Prix BD 2019 du Salon du livre de Trois-Rivières
  • Une ville, un livre 2020 – Québec, ville de littérature UNESCO


2 reviews for Little Russia

  1. It’s full of intriguing ideas and presents hardships and injustices alongside the successes, and it’s a story of settlers and aspirational, imperfect humanity. Everyone should read it.


  2. It’s a very interesting book.


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April 2020






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