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.
"This is the 25th anniversary of the publication of this slim first novel, now a classic of Canadian immigrant literature, by Laferrière. The Haitian-Canadian writer has published 14 novels and won many awards, including a Governor-General’s award and the Prix Médicis. The book follows the adventures, sexual and otherwise, of a young Haitian man in Montreal, who is writing for his life."
"Published in 1985...the translation by David Homel, How to Make Love to a Negro, came out a year later, drawing delirious reviews across Canada as well as in the UK and the US."
"Laferrière's scintillating American debut recounts the sexual adventures of an eclectic cast of characters...In each story-like chapter, Laferrière reveals the workings of race, class, and colonialism in Haitian society and the manipulative sexual power that underlies it all."