Helen DeWitt

Helen DeWitt is an American author best known for her debut novel, 'The Last Samurai', which was published in 2000. She is recognized for her innovative narrative techniques and exploration of themes such as intelligence, language, and education. DeWitt has also written other works, including 'Lightning Rods' and has contributed to various literary publications.


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  1. 1. The Last Samurai

    "The Last Samurai" is a unique, intellectual novel that follows the life of a young boy named Ludo, who is raised by his single mother, Sibylla. Sibylla, a freelance transcriber, educates Ludo in various subjects from Greek to mathematics, using the film "The Seven Samurai" as a moral compass. As Ludo grows older, he embarks on a quest to find his father, using clues from his mother's past. His journey leads him to several men who could potentially be his father, each encounter teaching him more about the world and himself.