In Fond Remembrance of Me

A Memoir of Myth and Uncommon Friendship in the Arctic

Howard Norman

North Point Press

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Howard Norman spent the fall of 1977 in Churchill, Manitoba, translating into English two dozen "Noah stories" told to him by an Inuit elder. The folktales reveal what happened when the biblical Noah sailed his Ark into Hudson Bay in search of woolly mammoths and lost his way. By turns startling, tragic, and comical, these inimitable narratives tell the history of the Arctic and capture the collision of cultures precipitated by the arrival of a hapless stranger in a strange land.

Norman himself was then a stranger in a strange land, but he was not alone. In Churchill he encountered Helen Tanizaki, an Anglo-Japanese woman embarked on a similar project--to translate the tales into Japanese. An extraordinary linguist and an exact and compelling friend, Tanizaki became Norman's guide through the characters, stories, and customs he was coming to know, and a remarkable intimacy sprang up between them--all the more intense because it was to be fleeting; Tanizaki was fatally ill.

Through a series of overlapping panels of reality and memory, Norman recaptures with vivid immediacy a brief but life-shifting encounter and the earthy, robust stories that occasioned it.

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In Fond Remembrance of Me
Part IWOMAN TYPING ARCTICWOMAN TYPING ARCTICOne evening when I stepped into her room in the Beluga Motel, where, from the dock, beluga whales could be sighted feeding in the Churchill River, Helen looked up from her typewriter. “Just now I saw myself in the mirror and noticed that my illness has turned my face into the face of my old aunt’s,” she said in her slight British accent. “My old aunt hunched over her big sewing machine in Japan. Of course, it’s my own face. And I’m obviously not bent over a sewing machine but my typewriter.

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"I read In Fond Remembrance of Me the way I usually find myself reading Howard Norman. The manner in which he writes--with great clarity and liveliness, and never with ostentation--makes me read too quickly. When I'm done, I feel impelled to go back to the beginning and read again, and I always feel repaid. There are layers and layers of meaning in this simple-looking tale. What a delightful book!" --Tracy Kidder, author of Mountains Beyond Mountains

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Howard Norman

Howard Norman is the author of five novels, including The Haunting of L., The Bird Artist, and Northern Lights. He lives with his family in Vermont and Washington, D.C.

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In Fond Remembrance of Me
A Memoir of Myth and Uncommon Friendship in the Arctic
Howard Norman

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
North Point Press
January 2006
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ISBN: 9781429930222
ISBN10: 1429930225
176 pages
$7.99

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Picador
January 2006
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ISBN: 9780312425227
ISBN10: 0312425228
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 176 pages
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