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Ichigensan - The Newcomer [Hardcover]

David Zoppetti , Takuma Sminkey

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Book Description

March 1 2011
Ichigensan is a novel which can be enjoyed on many levels - as a delicate, sensual love story, as a depiction of the refined society in Japan's cultural capital Kyoto, and as an exploration of the themes of alienation and prejudice common to many environments, regardless of the boundaries of time and place. Unusually, it shows Japan from the eyes of both an outsider and an 'internal' outcast, and even more unusually, it originally achieved this through sensuous prose carefully crafted by a non-native speaker of Japanese. The fact that this best-selling novella then won the Subaru Prize, one of Japan's top literary awards, and was also nominated for the Akutagawa Prize is a testament to its unique narrative power. The story is by no means chained to Japan, however, and this new translation by Takuma Sminkey will allow readers world-wide to enjoy the multitude of sensations engendered by life and love in an alien culture.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 116 pages
  • Publisher: Ozaru Books (BJ Translations Ltd) (March 1 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955921945
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955921940
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 14 x 1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g

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5.0 out of 5 stars When two drifters share the same book May 4 2011
By Christine Mussard Mounla - Published on Amazon.com
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Both the narrator and Kyoko are drifters in a sense. They are both different from the norm in their own way. What links them is their common passion for ...... literature. I very much enjoyed the reading scenes and the way in which they lead to a deep emotional and physical connection between our two "drifters." The ending is somewhat sad, but it is obvious that both characters have gained the energy and the curiosity to carry on their own lives from the time they spent together. A really good book
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5.0 out of 5 stars A quiet, yet very compelling story April 29 2011
By Nicholas Greenman - Published on Amazon.com
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I was deepely moved by the way the romance between the narrator and Kyoko unfolds. The subtle mixture of humour and sensuality that links these two characters makes them truly endearing. The insights that the novel gives about Japanese society are both intriguing and exotic. Also, from a European's point of view, it was a surprise to read the scene of the fall of the Berlin Wall witnessed on a small TV in a Chinese restaurant in the Far Eastern city of Kyoto. I guess that this historic event must have been followed by all kinds of people in all kinds of surroundings.

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