Self-Portrait Abroad (Belgian Literature)
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...
Dalkey Archive Press, 9781564785862, 84pp.
Publication Date: May 11, 2010