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A huge hit in France and a number 1 international bestseller, sold in 35 territories, Romain Puértolas' 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.
“It’s easy to see why Mr. Puertolas‘ book is so popular. It’s funny, occasionally hilarious. It combines farce worthy of Laurel and Hardy with socio-political satire that may remind readers of Voltaire’s “Candide.”” (Washington Times) Full review here
“This French bestseller lives up to its whimsical title without descending into quirkiness.” (The Guardian) Full review here
More about the book
One day a fakir leaves his small village in India and lands in Paris. A professional con artist, the fakir is on a pilgrimage to IKEA, where he intends to obtain an object he covets above all others: a brand new bed of nails. Without adequate Euros in the pockets of his silk trousers, the fakir is all the same confident that his counterfeit 100-Euro note (printed on one side only) and his usual bag of tricks will suffice. But when a swindled cab driver seeks his murderous revenge, the fakir accidentally embarks on a European tour, fatefully beginning in the wardrobe of the iconic Swedish retailer.
As his journey progresses in the most unpredictable of ways, the fakir 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.
Literary events with Romain Puértolas in SA
Wednesday 13 May
18:00 for 18:30 - Love Books, The Bamboo Lifestyle Centre, 53 Rustenberg Road, Melville, Johannesburg
Thursday 14 May
17:30 for 18:00 - Book Lounge, 71 Roeland Street, Cnr. Buitenkant, Cape Town
Friday 15 May
16:00 Congregational Church Building Character (Franschhoek Literary Festival)
Saturday 16 May
16:00 Protea Hotel 1 What's In a Title? (Franschhoek Literary Festival)
Sunday 17 May
11.30 Hospice Hall Subverting Genre (Franschhoek Literary Festival)
About the author
ROMAIN PUÉRTOLAS was born 39 years ago in Montpellier. He wrote The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir who got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe on his mobile phone whilst working as a French border guard. Romain has previously worked as a cleaner at the Brighton Palace Pier, where he learnt how to say ‘Don’t lean on the slot machine’ without a French accent. This is his first novel. He launched his equally successful second novel The Little Girl Who Swallowed A Cloud As Big As The Eiffel Tower (La Dilettante, 2015).