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Manazuru

A Novel

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August 31, 2010 | Paperback | 5.4 x 8.2, 224 Pages | ISBN 9781582436005

"A meditative novel written in clipped but poetic prose, Manazuru is well worth reading. The story of Kei will linger in your own memory long after you finish." —Asian Review of Books

Twelve years have passed since Kei’s husband, Rei, disappeared and she was left alone with her three-year-old daughter. Her new relationship with a married man—the antithesis of Rei—has brought her life to a numbing stasis, and her relationships with her mother and daughter have spilled into routine, day after day. Kei begins making repeated trips to the seaside town of Manazuru, a place that jogs her memory to a moment in time she can never quite locate. Her time there by the water encompasses years of unsteady footing and a developing urgency to find something.

Through a poetic style embracing the surreal and grotesque, a quiet tenderness emerges from these dark moments. Manazuru is a meditation on memory—a profound, precisely delineated exploration of the relationships between lovers and family members. Both startlingly restless and immaculately compact, and beautifully translated by Michael Emmerich, Manazuru paints the portrait of a woman on the brink of her own memories and future.

HIROMI KAWAKAMI is the recipient of the Pascal Short Story Prize for New Writers and the Akutagawa Prize. Her stories and essays are widely published in Japan, where she taught biology and is now a member of the Science Fiction Research Association. She lives in Japan.

Praise

“A meditative novel written in clipped but poetic prose, Manazuru is well worth reading. The story of Kei will linger in your own memory long after you finish.” —Asian Review of Books

“The Manazuru of Kawakami’s is a dream state as much as a place… Captivating and suspenseful.” —Booklist

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