Inhabitation: A Novel
Author: Teru Miyamoto | Translator: Roger K. Thomas | Paperback
A living lizard nailed to a pillar and a young man bound by a family misfortune, a tale that poses questions about life, death, and karma by one of Japan's most beloved living writers--
In 1970s Osaka, college student Tetsuyuki moves into a shabby apartment to evade his late father's creditors. But the apartment's electricity hasn't been reconnected yet, and Tetsuyuki spends his first night in darkness. Wanting to hang up a tennis cap from his girlfriend, Yōko, he fumbles about in the dark and drives a nail into a pillar. The next day he discovers that he has pierced the body of a lizard, which is still alive. He decides to keep it alive, giving it food and water and naming it Kin.
Inhabitation unfolds from there, following the complications in Tetsuyuki's relationship with Yōko, a friendship with his supervisor who hides his heart disease at work, and his father's creditors, always close on his heels. Daunted, Tetsuyuki speaks to Kin night after night, and Kin's peculiarly tortured situation reflects the mingled pain, love, and guilt that infuses Tetsuyuki's human relationships.
"A fascinating exploration of early adulthood in Japan." --Kirkus Reviews
"Originally published in 1985, Miyamoto's depiction of a young man's struggles . . . remains surprisingly relevant and resonant." --Booklist
"What is happiness? Inhabitation is a vibrant coming-of-age story which depicts the anguish, joy, and bafflement of a young man who decides to share a room with a lizard through a strange accident. How such rich and magnificent ideologies are packed into the tiny moments of one's life!" --Hiromi Kawakami, author of The Nakano Thrift Shop
Publisher: Counterpoint LLC | Pub Date: July 09, 2019 | Format: Paperback | Pages: 320 | Dimensions: 0.9" H x 8.2" L x 5.4" W | 0.85 lbs