Ten Loves of Nishino, The
Author: Hiromi Kawakami | Translator: Allison Markin Powell | Paperback
WINNER 2020 PEN TRANSLATION PRIZE
Best-selling and beloved Japanese author Hiromi Kawakami (The Nakano Thrift Shop) tells the story of an enigmatic man through the voices of ten remarkable women who have loved him.
Each woman has succumbed, even if only for an hour, to that seductive, imprudent, and furtively feline man who drifted so naturally into their lives. Still clinging to the vivid memory of his warm breath and his indecipherable sentences, ten women tell their stories as they attempt to recreate the image of the unfathomable Nishino. Like a modern Decameron, this humorous, sensual, and touching novel by one of Japan's best-selling and most beloved writers is a powerful and embracing portrait of the human comedy in ten voices. Driven by desires that are at once unique and common, the women in this book are modern, familiar to us, and still mysterious. A little like Nishino himself.
"If you like Haruki Murakami and Yoko Ogawa, it's a safe bet that you'll love The Ten Loves of Nishino." --DozoDomo (France)
"[Nishino is] the Don Draper of Japanese fiction, the sort of person everyone knows without ever really knowing."--Sam Sacks, The Wall Street Journal
"The women in this collection are vibrant, lusty, and clearly the agents of their own love lives."--Kirkus Reviews
"A short, subtle, and funny book that quietly upends notions of the demure Japanese woman searching for a salary man husband."--Quartzy
"A gentle, humorous novel." --The Wall Street Journal
"Kawakami lavishes attention on quotidian minutiae and exquisitely awkward pauses, ending scenes on maddeningly unresolved but vibrant images. [...] It feels a lot like daily life in Tokyo, but odder." --The New York Times
". . .[A] modern Japanese slice-of-life drama." --Booklist
Publisher: Europa Editions | Pub Date: June 4, 2019 | Format: Paperback | Pages: 240 | Dimensions: 0.7" H x 8.2" L x 5.3" W | 0.5 lbs