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How to Make Love to a Negro without Getting Tired

A Novel

by (author) Dany Laferrière

translated by David Homel

Douglas & McIntyre
Initial publish date
Jul 2010
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    Jul 2010
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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.

P align=left>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 authors

Dany Laferriere was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in 1953. He is the author of fourteen novels, including I am a Japanese Writer, Heading South, and the award-winning How to Make Love to a Negro without Getting Tired. Laferriere is the recipient of numerous literary awards, including the Prix Carbet des Lyceens and the Prix Medicis in France, and the Governor General's Literary Award in Canada. In 2013, he become the first Quebecer and the first Haitian to be elected to the prestigious Academie francaise as an "immortal," joining the ranks of such literary greats as Victor Hugo and Eugene Ionesco. He lives in Montreal.

Dany Laferrière's profile page

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 Laferrière; his translation of Laferrière'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.

David Homel's profile page

Editorial Reviews

"This is the 25th anniversary of the publication of this slim first novel, now a classic of Canadian immigrant literature, by Laferri�re. The Haitian-Canadian writer has published 14 novels and won many awards, including a Governor-General’s award and the Prix M�dicis. The book follows the adventures, sexual and otherwise, of a young Haitian man in Montreal, who is writing for his life."

Globe & Mail

"Laferri�re's scintillating American debut recounts the sexual adventures of an eclectic cast of characters...In each story-like chapter, Laferri�re reveals the workings of race, class, and colonialism in Haitian society and the manipulative sexual power that underlies it all."

Publisher's Weekly

"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."

The Walrus

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