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In Fond Remembrance of Me

A Memoir of Myth and Uncommon Friendship in the Arctic

Howard Norman

Picador

Howard Norman spent the fall of 1977 in Churchill, Manitoba, translating into English the "Noah stories" told to him by an Inuit elder. The folktales reveal what happened when the biblical Noah lost his way in the Arctic waters by Hudson Bay. 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, 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 exacting 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—made 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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Praise for In Fond Remembrance of Me

"Wonderfully written."--The Washington Post

"Quietly powerful...[A] moving and haunting account of an uncommon friendship in the frozen north."--O magazine

"The question of 'appropriation of voice,' the phenomenon of culture shock and even the basic function of narrative are among the subjects illuminated by this little book. . . . Very touching and human."--The Toronto Star

"Norman's book offers a refreshing simplicity. A-"--Entertainment Weekly

"The book is a lyrical tapestry . . . in which sadness and humor, quick wit, and long reflection are balanced."--The Times Union (Albany)

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  • Howard Norman

  • Howard Norman is the author of four novels and a story collection. He lives with his family in Vermont and Washington, D.C.
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A Memoir of Myth and Uncommon Friendship in the Arctic

Howard Norman

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