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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 was born in Chicago in 1952 and left that city in 1970 for Paris, living in Europe the next few years on odd jobs and odder couches. He has published eight novels, from Electrical Storms in 1988 to The Teardown, which won the Paragraph Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction in 2019. He has also written young adult fiction with Marie-Louise Gay, directed documentary films, worked in TV production, been a literary translator, journalist, and creative writing teacher. He has translated four books for Linda Leith Publishing: Bitter Roase (2015), (2016), Nan Goldin: The Warrior Medusa (2017) and Taximan (2018). Lunging into the Underbrush is his first book of non-fiction. He lives in Montreal.

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

"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

"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

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