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

By: Norman, Howard

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Very Good Minus Condition: Unmarked pages. Tight binding. Black marker dot on bottom outer page edges. Cover shows 2 lightly bumped corners. Dustjacket shows minor wear at endflap fold edges. Hardcover book with dustjacket copy of In Fond Remembrance of Me: A Memoir of Myth and Uncommon Friendship in the Arctic by Howard Norman. New York: North Point Press (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux), 2005. 166 pages. 5-7/8 x 8-1/4 inches, 21 cm. Summary: The author recalls his experiences among the Inuit of Alaska as he attempted to record and translate their flood narratives into English, working with an Anglo-Japanese woman who had come to Alaska independently to accomplish the same task.Always! Free Standard Shipping in USA!


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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.

Title: In Fond Remembrance of Me: A Memoir of Myth and Uncommon Friendship in the Arctic

Author/Composer: Norman, Howard

Categories: Biography/Memoir,

Publisher: North Point Press: 2005-02-14

ISBN Number: 0865476802

ISBN Number 13: 9780865476806

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good

Jacket Condition: Very Good

Type: Hardcover

Seller ID: 013685

Keywords: Literature Biography, Howard A Norman, Helen Tanisaki, Canada Folklore, Inuit Noah Flood Narratives, Folklorists Japan, ISBN0865476802,