In Fond Remembrance of Me by Howard Norman

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  • Title: In Fond Remembrance of Me
  • Author: Howard Norman
  • Category: Biography
  • Date: January 2006
  • Lenguage: English
  • Pages: unknown
  • ISBN: 9780312425227

 

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Howard Norman spent the autumn of 1977 in Churchill, Manitoba, translating into English two dozen “Noah tales” instructed to him by an Inuit elder. The folktales reveal what occurred when the biblical Noah sailed his Ark into Hudson Bay in search of woolly mammoths and misplaced his means. By turns startling, tragic, and comical, these inimitable narratives inform the historical past of the Arctic and seize the collision of cultures precipitated by the arrival of a hapless stranger in a wierd land. Norman himself was then a stranger in a wierd land, however he was not alone. In Churchill he encountered Helen Tanizaki, an Anglo-Japanese lady launched into an analogous project–to translate the tales into Japanese. An extraordinary linguist and a precise and compelling buddy, Tanizaki turned Norman’s information by the characters, tales, and customs he was coming to know, and a outstanding intimacy sprang up between them–all the more intense as a result of it was to be fleeting; Tanizaki was fatally sick. Through a sequence of overlapping panels of actuality and reminiscence, Howard Norman’s In Fond Remembrance of Me recaptures with vivid immediacy a quick however life-shifting encounter and the earthy, sturdy tales that occasioned it

 

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