Once and Forever
The Tales of Kenji Miyazawa
Kenji Miyazawa & John Bester
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Kenji Miyazawa is one of modern Japan’s most beloved writers, a great poet and a strange and marvelous spinner of tales, whose sly, humorous, enchanting, and enigmatic stories bear a certain resemblance to those of his contemporary Robert Walser. John Bester’s selection and expert translation of Miyazawa’s short fiction reflects its full range from the joyful, innocent “Wildcat and the Acorns,” to the cautionary tale “The Restaurant of Many Orders,” to “The Earthgod and the Fox,” which starts out whimsically before taking a tragic turn. Miyazawa also had a deep connection to Japanese folklore and an intense love of the natural world. In “The Wild Pear,” what seem to be two slight nature sketches succeed in encapsulating some of the cruelty and compensations of life itself.
From Publishers Weekly
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- Category: Short Stories
- Expected Release: Oct 02, 2018
- Publisher: New York Review Books
- Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
- Print Length: 288 Pages
- Language: English