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Ghosts of Old Edo

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In old Edo, the past was never forgotten. It lived alongside the present in dark corners and in the shadows. In these tales, award-winning author Miyuki Miyabe explores the ghosts of early modern Japan and the spaces of the living world—workplaces, families, and the human soul—that they inhabit. Written with a journalistic eye and a fantasist’s heart, Apparitions brings the restless dead, and those who encounter them, to life.

About the Author:
Miyuki Miyabe's first novel was published in 1987, and since that time she has become one of Japan's most popular and best-selling authors. Miyabe's 2007 novel Brave Story won The Batchelder Award for best children's book in translation from the American Library Association. Seven of her novels have been translated into English, and Apparitions is her first short fiction collection to be so translated. 

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From Publishers Weekly

Jan 27, 2014 – Miyabe's (All She Was Worth) collection of ghost stories is suffused with a palpable, memorable sense of time and place: 18th century lower Tokyo. Translated beautifully by Daniel Huddleston, the book retains a decorous, old sound while conveying the dingy creepiness of a night spent on a futon while unhappy spirits batter at the windows. Each of these eight long-form ghost stories are set in a prosaic workaday atmosphere, in which maids and seamstresses, wealthy young men, lovers and the elderly live alongside the Oni (ghosts) that haunt them. The ghosts in these stories are family members torn asunder, lovers betrayed, forsaken brothers their presence is daily in the lives of the characters and their revenge is drawn out and deeply psychological. "The Futon Storeroom" is an especially gripping story of a young girl who goes to work for a family of sake wholesalers. Most of the action occurs in a battle between an evil spirit who eats human souls and possesses the leftover empty bodies and the ghost of the young girl's beloved older sister. Miyabe has thoroughly infused the eerie with the everyday in this collection; the dead are as much among the living as trees and rocks and eating utensils snub them at your peril.
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Horror
  • Published: Nov 19, 2013
  • Publisher: VIZ Media
  • Seller: VIZ Media, LLC
  • Print Length: 272 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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