Self-Portrait Abroad
Self-Portrait Abroad
Jean-Philippe Toussaint

Translated by John Lambert

Even on holiday, sex and death are Jean-Philippe Toussaint’s constant companions... 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... .

Title Self-Portrait Abroad
Author Jean-Philippe Toussaint
Translated by John Lambert
Publisher Dalkey Archive Press
Title First Published 13 April 2010
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 80 p.
ISBN-10 1564785866
ISBN-13 9781564785862
Publication Date 11 May 2010
Main content page count 80
Weight 16 oz.
List Price $12.95

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