Touring The Land of the Dead (Kobo eBook)

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“A delicate, layered exploration of family, trauma, and memory . . . An intriguing introduction to a significant voice in contemporary Japanese fiction.” —Kirkus Reviews

Two tales about memory, loss and love, both told with stylistic inventiveness and breath-taking sensitivity.

Taichi was forced to stop working almost a decade ago and since then he and his wife Natsuko have been getting by on her wages. But Natsuko is a woman accustomed to hardship. When her own family’s fortune dried up years during her childhood, she lived a surreal hand-to-mouth existence shaped by her mother’s refusal to accept her family’s new station in life.

When Natsuko sees an ad for a spa and recognizes the place as the former luxury hotel where she spent time as a child, she decides to take her sick husband, despite the cost. But the overnight visit triggers hard but ultimately redemptive memories relating to the complicated history of her family.

Modelled on a classic story by Junichiro Tanizaki, Ninety-Nine Kisses is the second story in this book and it portrays in touching and lyrical fashion the lives of the four unmarried sisters in a historical, close-knit neighbourhood of contemporary Tokyo.

“Magical.” —The Guardian, Most Anticipated Fiction of 2021

“An ethereal novel combining two tales exploring memory, love, and loss.” —Vogue (UK)

“Kashimada’s writing is exceptional.” —The Spectator

“While Kashimada’s stories, like Murakami’s, resist easy interpretation, the former revel in the beauty of experience, whether sorrowful or joyous, affirming life in all its strangeness, horror and mystery.” —The Times Literary Supplement (UK)

“Only Kashimada can create this kind of world.” —Yoko Ogawa, author of The Memory Police

Product Details
ISBN-13: 9781609456528
Publisher: Europa Editions
Publication Date: April 5th, 2021