Self-Portrait Abroad

by Jean-Philippe Toussaint (Author), John Lambert (Translator)
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In Self-Portrait Abroad, our narrator?a Belgian author much like Toussaint himself?travels the globe, finding the mundane blended everywhere with the exotic: With his usual poker face, he keeps up on Corsican gossip in Tokyo and has a battle of nerves in a butcher shop in Berlin; he wins a boules tournament in Cap Corse, takes in a strip club in Japan's historic Nara, gets pulled through Hanoi on a cycle rickshaw, and has a chance encounter on the road from Tunis to Sfax. Tales of a cosmopolitan at home in a strangely familiar world, Self-Portrait Abroad casts the entire globe in a cool but playful light, reminding us that, wherever we go, we take our own eyes with us...

Publication date
May 11, 2010
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Page count
80
ISBN
9781564786210
Paper ISBN
9781564785862