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Adam Leith Gollner

Adam Leith Gollner's first book, The Fruit Hunters (Scribner, 2008), was a national bestseller and was adapted into an award-winning documentary film. His follow-up, The Book of Immortality (Scribner, 2013), won the QWF Mavis Gallant Prize for Non-Fiction. His writing appears in The Paris Review, The New York Times, Vanity Fair, Smithsonian, and The New Yorker online. He lives in Montreal.

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Working in the Bathtub

Working in the Bathtub

Conversations with the Immortal Dany Laferrière
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You often write about identity--but what are your thoughts on the word "race"?It's an anachronism, something old that is no longer really used. In a dictionary context, at the Académie we'd say that the word race is used in the sense of a group of individuals of the same skin colour. And employing that meaning is archaic. It's old-fashioned and no longer relevant. Its general usage has ceased. Surely not everyone sees it that way? It depends on the country. In Haiti, according to our constitution, everyone who lives there is a Negro. So there's no problem. Even if you're blond or Japanese, if you are Haitian, you're a Negro. That's that. Some of my readers may read me as a black writer, but I wasn't black for the first 23 years of my life. In Montreal it's one way, in the rest of Quebec another. In America, yes, they're still in it. No group can say that the debate over race is over in America.

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