I am a Japanese Writer: A Novel

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I am a Japanese Writer: A Novel

by Dany Laferriere
Translated by David Homel

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

4 out of 5 rating. 1 Reviews

A devilishly intelligent new novel by the internationally bestselling author and Prix Médicis winner.

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. For the writer, though, the title isn''t just a title: he really does believe he is a Japanese writer. He makes this declaration in a mall, and, the next thing he knows, he''s an international celebrity. The book becomes a cult phenomenon, even though he still hasn''t written a word of it. In Japan, it sets off a cultural revolution. A Japanese writer even publishes a book called I Am a Malagasy Writer. On the nightly news, a Japanese officer declares, "I Am a Korean Soldier." No wonder a pair of attachés from the Japanese embassy has been following our hero around. At first, he is delighted to discover his celebrity. But things quickly go wrong. 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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 192 Pages, 5.51 × 8.27 × 0.39 in

Published: July 30, 2010

Publisher: D&M Publishers Inc

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1553655834

ISBN - 13: 9781553655831

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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I am a Japanese Writer: A Novel

I am a Japanese Writer: A Novel

by Dany Laferriere
Translated by David Homel

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 192 Pages, 5.51 × 8.27 × 0.39 in

Published: July 30, 2010

Publisher: D&M Publishers Inc

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1553655834

ISBN - 13: 9781553655831

About the Book

A devilishly intelligent new novel by the internationally bestselling author and Prix Medicis winner
A black writer from Montreal has found the perfect title for his next book "I Am a Japanese Writer." His publisher loves it and gives him an advance. The problem is, he can't seem to write a word of it. He nurses his writer's block by taking baths, re-reading the Japanese poet Basho and engaging in amorous intrigues with rising pop star Midori. The book, still unwritten, becomes a cult phenomenon in Japan, and the writer an international celebrity. A Japanese writer publishes a book called "I Am a Malagasy Writer." Even the Japanese consulate is intrigued. Our hero is delighted--until things start to go wrong. 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

From the Publisher

A devilishly intelligent new novel by the internationally bestselling author and Prix Médicis winner.

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. For the writer, though, the title isn''t just a title: he really does believe he is a Japanese writer. He makes this declaration in a mall, and, the next thing he knows, he''s an international celebrity. The book becomes a cult phenomenon, even though he still hasn''t written a word of it. In Japan, it sets off a cultural revolution. A Japanese writer even publishes a book called I Am a Malagasy Writer. On the nightly news, a Japanese officer declares, "I Am a Korean Soldier." No wonder a pair of attachés from the Japanese embassy has been following our hero around. At first, he is delighted to discover his celebrity. But things quickly go wrong. 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.

About the Author

Journalist, TV and radio host, screenwriter, director and spokesperson for World Book and Copyright Day, Dany Laferrière worked as a journalist in his native Haiti during the notorious Duvalier regime, immigrating to Canada in 1978 after a colleague with whom he was collaborating on a story was murdered. He settled in Montreal, where he worked at various low-paying jobs while writing his first novel, Comment fair l'amour avec un Nègre sans se fatiguer (1985) [How to Make Love to a Negro, 1987]. A semi-autobiographical account of an impoverished black immigrant and his attraction to white women, the book was a critical and commercial success, and was later made into a feature film and translated into several languages.

The author of twelve novels, he has won several awards, among them the first Prix Carbet des lycéens 2000 for Le cri des oiseaux fous and the Prix RFO du Livre 2002 for Cette grenade dans la main du jeune nègre est-elle une arme ou un fruit? [Why Must a Black Writer Write about Sex?, 1995]. Laferrière won the 2006 Governor General award for Je suis fou de Vava, his first novel for children.

Originally from Petit-Goâve, Haiti, Dany Laferrière lives in Montreal.

Editorial Reviews

"Vonnegut once called him the 'fastest titler in America,' yet Dany Laferrière is even more than that. Funny, direct and true, Lafferière is among the most living of this continent's living writers."-Sheila Heti, author of Ticknor
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