I Am a Japanese Writer: A Novel

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Douglas and McIntyre (2013) Limited, Sep 28, 2010 - Fiction - 160 pages
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A devilishly intelligent new novel by the internationally bestselling author and Prix Médicis winner, Dany Lafferière.

A black writer from Montreal has found the perfect title for his next book I Am a Japanese Writer. His publisher gives him an advance on the strength of the title alone. The problem is, he can't seem to write a word of it. He can scarcely summon the energy to put pen to paper, and so he nurses his writer's block by taking long baths, re-reading the works of Japanese poet Basho and engaging in amorous intrigues with rising pop star Midori and her entourage of vampire girls.

Part postmodern fantasy, part Kafkaesque nightmare and part travelogue to the inner reaches of the self, I Am a Japanese Writer calls into question everything we think we know about what — and who — makes a work of art.

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It's possible that Laferrière is correct, as this slight and far too clever novel about a struggling writer from Montreal who passes as a best selling author in Japan would probably make more sense in that language than it did in its English translation. Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Dany Laferrière worked as a journalist in his native Haiti during the notorious Duvalier regime, immigrating to Canada in 1976. The author of twelve novels, he has won several awards, including the prestigious Prix Médicis for his novel, The Return. He lives in Montreal, QC.

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