Around the world with
May 4 2007 12:03 IST
Striding towards us
in his red-brown Fabindia kurta and jeans, Eddy L
greeted us with a strong
handshake and settled down to speak about his work.
spent his early years in Harlem, New York
before moving to Missouri where the Mississippi and
Missouri rivers come together.
Influenced by the confluence, Harris
out on a canoe into the Mississippi on October 1,
�It was my first time on a canoe and I choose it
instead of a motorboat so I could be close to
water,� laughs the writer who in 1988, released his
first book titled Mississippi Solo, a chronicle of
his river quest.
Harris, who claims to be not a travel writer, but a
journey writer, travelled into Africa, starting from
Tunisia for his second book Native Stranger.
The book beams a first person account from heart of
Africa on its people, their real lives and their
�There is a big misconception about the people of
Africa. They lead their lives like you and me and I
feel that Africa is evolving,� says Harris from his
personal experiences on the big continent.
The writer also reminisces about his journey on a
BMW 74 KS motorcycle for his book South of Haunted
Dreams, through slavery�s own backyard of Southern
Harris has also recorded his time in Harlem in the
book Still Life in Harlem and also his relationship
with his father in his only book in French, Jupiter
et Moi (Jupiter and I).
Talking about Jupiter et Moi, he proudly says, �The
book is about the man who has made me what I am
His dream is to pen an epic poem on the end of
racism in America. Eddy L Harris who is now touring
India, lives in Paris and is working on a book on
the lives of the people of African origin living