Manazuru

By Hiromi Kawakami; Michael Emmerich (Translator)
(Counterpoint, Paperback, 9781582436005, 224pp.)

Publication Date: August 2010

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover

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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, Manazuru paints the portrait of a woman on the brink of her own memories and future.




Praise For Manazuru

Praise for Manazuru:

"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

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