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Contemporary Japanese Reads Bundle

$77.00

CONTEMPORARY JAPANESE READS BUNDLE
published by Pushkin Press

sold as a bundle of 4 books which includes: 

RECORD OF A NIGHT TOO BRIEF 
by Hiromi Kawakami
Winner of the prestigious Akutagawa Prize
In these three haunting and lyrical stories, three young women experience unsettling loss and romance. In a dreamlike adventure, one woman travels through an apparently unending night with a porcelain girlfriend, mist-monsters and villainous monkeys; a sister mourns her invisible brother whom only she can still see, while the rest of her family welcome his would-be wife into their home; and an accident with a snake leads a shop girl to discover the snake-families everyone else seems to be concealing. Sensual, yearning, and filled with the tricks of memory and grief, Record of a Night Too Brief is an atmospheric trio of unforgettable tales.

- paperback: 160 pages
- ISBN: 9781782272717

SPRING GARDEN
by Tomoka Shibasaki
Winner of the prestigious Akutagawa Prize
Divorced and cut off from his family, Taro lives alone in one of the few occupied apartments in his block, a block that is to be torn down as soon as the remaining tenants leave. Since the death of his father, Taro keeps to himself, but is soon drawn into an unusual relationship with the woman upstairs, Nishi, as she passes on the strange tale of the sky-blue house next door. First discovered by Nishi in the little-known photo-book ‘Spring Garden’, the sky-blue house soon becomes a focus for both Nishi and Taro: of what is lost, of what has been destroyed, and of what hope may yet lie in the future for both of them, if only they can seize it.

- paperback: 160 pages
- ISBN: 9781782272700

THE BEAR AND THE PAVING STONE 
by Toshiyuki Horie
Winner of the prestigious Akutagawa Prize
Visiting a friend in the French countryside, a man finds himself cast into the quandaries of historical whim, religious identity, and seeing without sight; a walk along the seashore, upon the anniversary of a death, becomes a reverie on building sandcastles; and an innocent break-in at the ruins of an archbishop’s residence takes a turn towards disaster. In three stories that prove the unavoidable connections of our past, Toshiyuki Horie creates a haunting world of dreams and memories where everyone ends up where they began – whether they want to or not.

- paperback: 128 pages
- ISBN: 9781782274377

SLOW BOAT
by Hideo Furukawa
Trapped in Tokyo, left behind by a series of girlfriends, the narrator of Slow Boat sizes up his situation. His missteps, his violent rebellions, his tiny victories. But he is not a passive loser, content to accept all that fate hands him. He attempts one last escape to the edges of the city, holding the only safety net he has known – his dreams. Filled with lyrical longing and humour, Slow Boat captures perfectly the urge to get away and the necessity of finding yourself in a world which might never even be looking for you.

- paperback: 128 pages
- ISBN: 9781782273288

- product dimensions: 130 x 200 mm

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