Winter Sleep

By Kenzo Kitakata; Mark Schilling (Translator)
(Vertical, Paperback, 9781932234138, 282pp.)

Publication Date: January 2005

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Description

The legendary Japanese master's Winter Sleep take you into the hardboiled world of art -- where ex-cons are philosophers, young lovers are combustible, and aesthetics is life. An artist's quest for growth from one of the world's greatest stylists.

Nakagi, an ex-con painter who has sequestered hismself in a mountain cabin, is trying to elevate his art. The only thing breakin his solitude are the visits of two women: an art dealer who wants him to produce the sort of paintings that she would like to buy from him, and a young aspiring, and soulful apprentice. When Nakagi welcomes an escaped felon into the emotionally fraught fold, and begins to teach him to pain well. Winter Sleep awakens to a literally incendiary climax.




About the Author
Kenzo Kitakata is the undisputed don of hardboiled and mystery writing in Japan, where he has received numerous literary awards. "The Cage" won the Japan Mystery Writers Association Award and is his third novel to appear in English. His American debut "Ashes" was one of "Las Vegas Mercury's" 10 Best Novels of 2003, a BookSense Selection, and a "Village Voice" Summer Read.

Mark Schilling set off for Japan in 1975 to immerse himself in the culture, learn the language, and haunt the theaters. He has been there ever since. In 1989 he became a regular film reviewer for the "Japan Times," and has written on Japanese film for a variety of other publications, including "Screen International," the Japan edition of "Premier," the Asian edition of "Newsweek," "Asian Wall Street Journal," "Japan Quarterly," "Winds," "Cinemaya," and "Kinema Jumpo,"


Praise For Winter Sleep

“The spirit of James M. Cain's novels hovers over Winter Sleep, a bleak but compelling slice of deadpan noir.” The Seattle Times“(Winter Sleep) gives new meaning to the term ‘splatter’.” — Agony Column“Kitakata manages his nihilistic climax with consummate control...it's absolutely compelling to read.” The Japan Times“Kitakata…[is] part Spillane, part Dostoevsky, but always hard-boiled.” — Hackwriters.com

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