Invited to spend two months at a writers' residence in a French seaside town, an Argentinean novelist in his thirties, lazy, narcoleptic and recalcitrant, starts the journey with his wife as if it were a touristic programme. But, he is not aware that these European holidays will soon become a long and most enlightening nightmare. Just settled down, his body plays a dirty trick on him when a weird cyst sprouts in the bottom of his neck and the homeopathic cream that he is prescribed apparently has lysergic proprieties. His wife, fed up with France, seeks refuge in London, while his French publisher behaves like a complete impostor during endless alcoholic after dinner talks. This anxietypushes him into a labyrinth of mirages and traps at whose centre inclemency, delirium and even crime await him. Wasabi is a hallucinatory chronicle of how a writer constructs his own reality of a cruel world to understand the truth about love and literature.
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- France (Christian Bourgois)
- Romania (Vellant)
Alan Pauls (Buenos Aires, 1959) is an author, journalist, script writer and cinema critic. He has a BA and was a lecturer of Literary Theory in the Philosophy department of the UBA and the founder of the magazine Lecturas Críticas. He was editor-in-chief of the magazine Página/30 and has also been associate editor of Radar, the Sunday supplement of Página/12, which he continues contributing to regularly.
At the moment he writes a column for the Brazilian newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo and organizes the independent cinema season el ciclo Primer Plano for cable I-Sat.