Translated by Ted Goosen
Shiga Naoya, the master of Japanese 'I fiction', was encouraged by acclaimed novelist Soseki Natsume to serialise an account of Naoya's feud with his father in the Asahi newspaper, but he repeatedly failed to deliver. 'Well then,' Soseki suggested, 'Why not write a novel about being unable to write?'
In Reconciliation, published here for the first time in the English language, Naoya does just that, writing about failed or abortive creative works, while also fictionalising the long-running dispute with his father. The novella is a masterpiece of Naoya's characteristically understated style and a quietly devastating reflection on all kinds of reconciliation: from his own familial reconciliation, to the universal need to reconcile ourselves to the inevitability of ageing, loss and death.
Paperback: 160 Pages
Product Dimensions: 129 x 198 mm
Published by Canongate