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Product Details

  • Paperback: 169 pages
  • Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press (July 26 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1564786382
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564786388
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 1.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,386,863 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

"Plainsong" is Kazushi Hosaka s debut novel. Aside from his well-known love of cats, he is also fond of "shogi" (Japanese chess) and has written a book analyzing one of the premier players of the game.

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A quiet and pleasant read, very natural. Dec 27 2014
By Sye Sye - Published on
Format: Paperback
The title says it nicely, Plainsong (Purensongu). It is truly a slice of life. An unnamed narrator goes about his life slowly becoming aware of the things and people in it. A very quiet and pleasant book, nothing to bring tears, suspense or breathless emotion. I have been looking for books like this but they often seem artificial, contrived or too eventful. I hope we see more from Kazushi Hosaka, and from the wonderful Dalkey Archive Press.

I had similar feelings reading Strange Weather in Tokyo, by Hiromi Kawakami, Still Life and Evening Clouds, by Junzo Shono, and Parade, by Shuichi Yoshida, although these two books had more of a story line and lead to more emotional investment.

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