Details

ISBN-10: 0811227626
ISBN-13: 9780811227629
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publish Date: 04/24/2018
Dimensions: 7.70" L, 5.10" W, 0.50" H

The Emissary

Translator: Margaret Mitsutani

Paperback

Price: $14.95

Overview

Japan, after suffering from a massive irreparable disaster, cuts itself off from the world. Children are so weak they can barely stand or walk: the only people with any get-go are the elderly. Mumei lives with his grandfather Yoshiro, who worries about him constantly. They carry on a day-to-day routine in what could be viewed as a post-Fukushima time, with all the children born ancient–frail and gray-haired, yet incredibly compassionate and wise. Mumei may be enfeebled and feverish, but he is a beacon of hope, full of wit and free of self-pity and pessimism. Yoshiro concentrates on nourishing Mumei, a strangely wonderful boy who offers “the beauty of the time that is yet to come.”

A delightful, irrepressibly funny book, The Emissary is filled with light. Yoko Tawada, deftly turning inside-out “the curse,” defies gravity and creates a playful joyous novel out of a dystopian one, with a legerdemain uniquely her own.

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Near-future Japan has been cut off from the outside world, leaving 108-year-old Yoshiro trapped with his great-grandson Mumei in a spartan temporary house. The population is divided between those born before the calamity–whose life spans have been mysteriously lengthened–and those enfeebled by it: The aged could not die; along with the gift of everlasting life, they were burdened with the terrible task of watching their great-grandchildren die. Tawada's novel is infused with the anxieties of a 'society changing at the speed of pebbles rolling down a steep hill, ' yet she imagines a ruined world with humor and grace.– "Publishers Weekly"
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Details

ISBN-10: 0811227626
ISBN-13: 9780811227629
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publish Date: 04/24/2018
Dimensions: 7.70" L, 5.10" W, 0.50" H
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