How to Make Love to a Negro (Without Getting Tired): A Novel

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How to Make Love to a Negro (Without Getting Tired): A Novel

by Dany Laferriere
Translated by David Homel

D&M Publishers Inc | July 30, 2010 | Trade Paperback

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Racial and sexual politics collide in this cult classic that launched Laferrière as one of North America''s finest literary provocateurs.

Brilliant and tense, Dany Laferrière''s first novel, How to Make Love to a Negro without Getting Tired, is as fresh and relevant today as when it was first published in 1985. With raunchy humor and a working-class intellectualism, Laferrière''s narrator wanders the slums of Montreal, has sex with white women, and writes a book to save his life.

With this novel, Laferrière began a series of internationally acclaimed social and political novels about the love of the world, and the world of sex, including Heading South and I Am a Japanese Writer.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 160 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.42 in

Published: July 30, 2010

Publisher: D&M Publishers Inc

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1553655850

ISBN - 13: 9781553655855

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How to Make Love to a Negro (Without Getting Tired): A Novel

by Dany Laferriere
Translated by David Homel

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 160 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.42 in

Published: July 30, 2010

Publisher: D&M Publishers Inc

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1553655850

ISBN - 13: 9781553655855

About the Book

Brilliant and tense, Dany Laferriere's first novel, "How to Make Love to a Negro Without Getting Tired, " is as fresh and relevant today as when it was first published in Canada in 1985. With ribald humor and a working-class intellectualism on par with Charles Bukowski's or Henry Miller's, Laferriere's narrator wanders the streets and slums of Montreal, has sex with white women, and writes a book to save his life. With this novel, Laferriere began a series of internationally acclaimed social and political novels about the love of the world, and the world of sex, including "Heading South" and "I Am a Japanese Writer." It launched Laferriere as one of the literary world's finest provocateurs and continues to draw strong comparisons to the writings of James Baldwin, Henry Miller, Charles Bukowski, and Jack Kerouac. The book was made into a feature film and translated into several languages -- this is the first U.S. edition.

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From Chapter One: I can''t believe it, this is the fifth time Bouba''s played that Charlie Parker record. He''s crazy about jazz, and this must be his Parker period. Last week I had Coltrane for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Now it''s Parker''s turn. There''s only one good thing about this place: you can play Parker or Miles Davis or even a noisier cat like Archie Shepp at three o''clock in the morning (with walls as thin as onionskin paper) without some idiot telling you to turn it down. We''re suffocating in the summer heat, jammed in between the Fontaine de Johannie (a roach-ridden restaurant frequented by small-time hoods) and a minuscule topless bar, at 3670 rue St-Denis, right across from Cherrier. An abject one-and-a-half for $120 a month. We''re up on the third floor. A narrow room cut lengthwise by a horrible Japanese screen decorated with enormous stylized birds. A fridge in a constant state of palpitation, as if we were holed up above some railroad station. Playboy bunnies thumbtacked to the wall that we had to take down when we got here to avoid the suicidal tendencies those things inevitably cause. A stove with elements as cold as a witch''s tit at forty below. And, extra added attraction, the Cross of Mount Royal framed in the window. I sleep on a filthy bed and Bouba made himself a nest on the plucked couch full of mountains and valley. Bouba inhabits it fully. He drinks, reads, eats, meditates and fucks on it. He has married the hills and dales of this cotton-s
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Racial and sexual politics collide in this cult classic that launched Laferrière as one of North America''s finest literary provocateurs.

Brilliant and tense, Dany Laferrière''s first novel, How to Make Love to a Negro without Getting Tired, is as fresh and relevant today as when it was first published in 1985. With raunchy humor and a working-class intellectualism, Laferrière''s narrator wanders the slums of Montreal, has sex with white women, and writes a book to save his life.

With this novel, Laferrière began a series of internationally acclaimed social and political novels about the love of the world, and the world of sex, including Heading South and I Am a Japanese Writer.

About the Author

David Homel has translated over 30 books, many by Quebec authors. He won the Governor General's Literary Award in translation in 1995 for Why Must a Black Writer Write About Sex? by Dany Laferrire; his translation of Laferrire's How to Make Love to a Negro was nominated in 1988; and he won the prize in 2001 with fellow translator Fred A. Reed for Fairy Wing. His novels, which include Sonya & Jack, Electrical Storms, and The Speaking Cure have been published in several languages. Homel lives in Montreal, Quebec.

Dany Laferrire worked as a journalist in his native Haiti during the notorious Duvalier regime, immigrating to Canada in 1976. He is the author of several acclaimed novels and the recipient of numerous awards, including the Prix RFO du Livre 2002 and Le Grand Prix du Livre de MontrŽal 2009, and in 2009 he was named Quebec Personality of the Year.

Editorial Reviews

"A heady meditation, a psychic tussle that resonates with the furious stuff in James Baldwin's essays or Louis Armstrong's smiling trumpet or Martin Luther King's oratory…honest, brash, unsappy, new."-The Village Voice

"Sexual politics at its best and most literal. There are layers and layers of meaning to be untangled in this novel. It is at once humorous, profound, ribald and relentlessly didactic."-Charlatan

"Crackles and snaps with the profane and profound power of Jack Kerouac, Henry Miller…James Baldwin and Charles Bukowski."-The Edmonton Journal

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