French author Romain Puértolas in South Africa [fr]
French author Romain Puértolas presented his bestseller novel The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir who got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe in English at Love Books in Melville, Johannesburg, on May 13 2015.
French Ambassador to South Africa Elisabeth Barbier also attended the launch.
About the book:
The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir who got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe is a funny, charming, feel-good story about a fake fakir from India who arrives in France to shop at IKEA and unwittingly embarks on a European tour like no other.
As the fakir’s journey progresses in the most unpredictable of ways, he finds unlikely friends in even unlikelier places. To his surprise -and to a Bollywood beat -the stirrings of love well up in the heart of our unlikely hero, even as his adventures lead to profound and moving questions of the perils of emigration and the universal desire to seek a better life in an often dangerous world.
Puértolas wrote his hilarious and heart-warming novel in just three weeks on his cellphone - between his shifts as a deputy inspector with French border services. This his is his first novel.
He recently launched his equally successful second novel The Little Girl Who Swallowed A Cloud As Big As The Eiffel Tower.
Puértolas is also taking part in the Franschhoek Literary Festival from 15 to 17 May 2015.