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The pine islands

By: Poschmann, Marion Calleja, Jen(Translated by)

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1788160916 / 9781788160919
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21 cm 180 pages
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Translated from the German.

AN INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLERSHORTLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER INTERNATIONAL PRIZE 2019When Gilbert Silvester wakes one day from a dream that his wife has cheated on him, he flees - immediately, irrationally, inexplicably - for Japan. In Tokyo he discovers the travel writings of the great Japanese poet Basho.

Suddenly, from Gilbert's directionless crisis there emerges a purpose: a pilgrimage in the footsteps of the poet to see the moon rise over the pine islands of Matsushima. Along the way he falls into step with another pilgrim: Yosa, a young Japanese student clutching a copy of The Complete Manual of Suicide.

Together, Gilbert and Yosa travel across Basho's disappearing Japan, one in search of his perfect ending and the other a new beginning. Serene, playful and profound, The Pine Islands is a story of the transformations we seek and the ones we find along the way.


FA Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), FYT Fiction in translation

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