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"...a marvellous cabinet of curiosities"—The Globe and Mail

"in his unique fashion, Laferrière captures the spirit of our culture, where cultural boundaries are erased and the real and the unreal intimately coexist."—The National Post

About the Author

Dany Laferrière worked as a journalist in his native Haiti during the notorious Duvalier regime, immigrating to Canada in 1976. The author of twelve novels, he has won several awards, including the prestigious Prix Médicis and the Governor Generals award for a Children's novel. Dany Laferrière lives in Montreal, QC.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 182 pages
  • Publisher: Douglas & McIntyre (May 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1553655834
  • ISBN-13: 978-1553655831
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,286,742 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 5, 2012
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Basho was a Japanese poet, and the great thing about poetry is that it can adapt to whoever is reading it. We do not need to be Japanese to understand the basic emotions. Therefore, when an American reads Bash', Bash' becomes an American poet. This is the concept behind I Am a Japanese Writer. This book is a about the origin of art, the obsolete need of a national identity, and contradictions. The story is simple; it is the journey of Dany Laferrière to write a book simply titled I Am a Japanese Writer.
The book is a brilliant piece of art. Laferrière paints himself in a prosperous light as a quiet bookworm. His writing style shines, as it feels like it was written by a madman scripting his will in a paper cave. One chapter has two character's talking without punctuation. This technique works because it forces you to pay attention to the character's personalities to understand the conversation. The characters themselves feel fresh and alive. This book is an amazing expedition that intersects time, space, and identities. Much like sushi, this book is an acquired taste, but I recommend trying it at least once.

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And was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked it. It is clever and interesting. You really begin to wonder as to whether or not you can trust the stories the narrator is throwing at you. A fun, quick read.
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