I Am a Japanese Writer
One of Haiti’s most celebrated contemporary novelists’ acclaimed latest work.
A writer from Montreal nurses his writer’s block by taking long baths, re-reading the works of Japanese poet Basho, and making love with Midori. He can scarcely summon the energy to put pen to paper. Then one day the cultural attaché from the Japanese embassy comes to visit him with an unexpected piece of news: he is famous in Japan for a yet-unwritten book called I Am a Japanese Writer. In a past interview in Japan he had jokingly mentioned that this was a book he was working on, and that was enough to catapult him to celebrity. One of his Japanese admirers has even written a novel in homage, entitled I Am a Black Writer. Things begin to go wrong, the police become involved, and the novel continues apace in the devilishly intelligent, sensual, and funny style unique to Dany Laferrière.
Dany Laferrière : Dany Laferrière was born in Port-au-Prince in 1953. He left Haiti in June 1976 after the murder of a leading journalist and friend. It was the beginning of Duvalier’s corrupt and violent rule. He divides his time between Montreal and Miami.