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I am a Japanese Writer

by Dany Laferrière

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"Laferriere...writes movingly and cleverly about race, nationality, and, ultimately, the multiple conflicting ways we form our identities. His prose...is deadpan and devious." -- This Magazine

"In his unique fashion, Laferriere captures the spirit of our culture, where cultural boundaries are erased and the real and the unreal intimately coexist." -- National Post

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 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 attachÈs 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
Dany Laferrière est né en Haïti et a fait de Montréal, Miami et New York ses nouvelles terres d’accueil. Dany Laferrière est aussi journaliste, chroniqueur à la télévision et la radio, scénariste et réalisateur de cinéma. Il amorce sa carrière avec le succès phénoménal de son premier roman, Comment faire l’amour avec un nègre sans se fatiguer. En 2006, il remporte le prix littéraire du Gouverneur général pour son livre de littérature jeunesse, Je suis fou de Vava, et en 2009 il remporte le Prix Médicis et le Grand Prix du livre de Montréal pour son roman, L’énigme du retour.
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