How to Make Love to a Negro without Getting Tired

Dany Laferrière, translated by David Homel

How to Make Love to a Negro without Getting Tired

Sexual politics and race are at the centre of Dany Laferrière's provocative debut novel, first published in 1985. A Haitian man living in Montreal wanders the streets, sleeps with white women, and writes to make sense of his life. Bawdy and bold, How to Make Love to a Negro without Getting Tired is an original and compelling work.

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Excerpt:

"The room is awash in dark sweat. The fly has long since joined his comrades in the great beyond. Above, Beelzebub has been appeased. Green garbage-bags litter the middle of the room, their mouths agape. In a box (Steinberg cardboard special), with no semblance of order: a pair of shoes, a box of Sifto iodized salt, turned-up winter boots, a toothbrush, a tube of toothpaste, books, rolled-up Van Gogh reproductions, pens, a pair of sunglasses, a new ribbon for my old Remington and an alarm clock. Idly, I stow it away in a corner, by the fridge. The sun comes slanting through the window in blades of light."


From How to Make Love to a Negro without Getting Tired by Dany Laferrière, translated by David Homel ©2010. Published by Douglas & McIntyre.