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The Ten Loves of Nishino: A Novel

The Ten Loves of Nishino: A Novel (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Kawakami, Hiromi
Translated by Powell, Allison Markin

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Originally published in Japan in 2003 under the title Nishino Yukihiko no Koi to Boken by Shinchosha, Tokyo --Title page verso.

ISBN 9781609455330
Barcode 9781609455330
Published 23 July 2019 by Europa Editions
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Internationally sourced; usually ships 2-3 weeks

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ISBN-13 9781609455330
ISBN-10 1609455339
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; usually ships 2-3 weeks
Publisher Europa Editions
Imprint Europa Editions
Publication Date 23 July 2019
International Publication Date 4 June 2019
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Kawakami, Hiromi
Translated by Powell, Allison Markin
Category Modern Fiction
Number of Pages 240
Dimensions Width: 133mm
Height: 210mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Domestic fiction, Japan, Women, Women - Japan, Man-woman relationships
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 895.635
Catalogue Code 981702

Description of this Book

Following The Nakano Thrift Shop, Hiromi Kawakami's breakout success, comes a new novel full of charm, subtlety, and style by an author whose readership in Japan numbers in the millions. If you like Haruki Murakami and Yoko Ogawa, it's a safe bet that you'll love The Ten Loves of Nishino. --DozoDomo (France) Each woman in this book has succumbed, even if only for an hour, to that seductive, imprudent, and furtively feline man who managed to glide so naturally into their lives. But who really was Mr. Nishino? Still clinging to the vivid memory of his warm breath, his indecipherable silences, and his nonchalance, ten women who have loved him tell their stories as they attempt to recreate the image of the unfathomable and seemingly unattainable Mr. Nishino. Through accounts that are full of humor, intelligence, and the bittersweet joys of love, these women evoke Nishino's image but reveal themselves. Each perspective is both captivating and sensual, droll but important, and each is a variation on themes of love and identity.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Praise for The Ten Loves of Nishino Kawakami's writing is so carnal, beautiful, and stimulating for the reader that it does not need to be any more explicit. The mysterious quality of Kawakami's work lies in its extraordinary allusive power, something that only the greatest artists have. --Robert Saladrigas, La Vanguardia (Spain) Subtle and delicate, in its details Kawkami's prose traces the signs that the soul leaves on one's consciousness. --Pere Guix , El Pa s Reading Kawakami is like taking a warm bath. Her work is an homage to melancholy, to impossibility or, perhaps even more accurately, to the constant state of indeterminateness that we humans unwittingly inhabit. --Pablo D'Ors, ABC (Spain) You never know where Nishino's affections lay, but the lack of a sentimental compass and of certainties does not destroy the women he loves, but rather makes them stronger. This is the novel's power; it is full of love and devoid of victims. --T l rama (France) A bewitching song. --L'Express (France) Kawakami's prose is constructed with the beautiful and reticular precision of a crystal. --El Norte de Castilla (Spain) An evocative, subtle and passionate dissection of relationships and human behavior. --Flavia Company, El Pa s (Spain) Praise for Hiromi Kawakami's The Nakano Thrift Shop 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 The pleasures of The Nakano Thrift Shop are not of the propulsive narrative variety but revolve more around the granular details of the everyday. --Los Angeles Review of Books [Kawakami] knows she doesn't need fireworks to keep the reader entertained, and is pushing her exploration of form and style. --The Japan Times A window into another world is opened by this pleasant but sprightly look at daily life in a small thrift shop in a Japanese city. Love and disappointment, professional rivalry, filial conflict and longings for another life illuminate these characters who became friends to the reader by the finish. Great summer read. --Eric Boss, Mountains and Plains Independent Booksellers Association (MPIBA) Charming, quirky, and wise, this is a warmhearted character study of the undervalued, the obsolete, and the hidden gems among us all. --Monique Truong, author of Bitter in the Mouth Subtle, graceful, wise and threaded on a quirky humour, this exploration of the connections and disconnections between people kept me smiling long after the last page. --Julia Rochester, author of The House at the End of the World The Nakano Thrift Shop is really a love story, albeit a very offbeat one... A gentle book, full of charm [and] radiating leftfield charisma. --Emerald Street Hiromi Kawakami's charming novel illuminates moments of kindness, love and friendship that pop up like the unexpected treasures amid the shop's dusty collection of pretty mismatched bowls and plates, castoff eyeglasses, task lamps and old electric fans. --The Minneapolis Star Tribune . . .[A] modern Japanese slice-of-life drama. --Booklist Readers will grow to care about these quirky characters [...] making Nakano an utterly charming little book. --Philippine Daily Inquirer

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Author's Bio

Hiromi Kawakami is one of Japan's most acclaimed and successful authors. Winner of numerous prizes for her fiction, including the Akutagawa, Ito Sei, Women Writers (Joryu Bungako Sho), and Izumi Kyoka prizes, she is the author of The Nakano Thrift Shop, a Wall Street Journal Best New Fiction pick, Strange Weather in Tokyo, Manazuru, and many many others. Her fiction has appeared in English in The Paris Review and Granta. She lives in Japan. Allison Markin Powell is a literary translator and editor based in New York City. Her translations include works by Osamu Dazai, Fuminori Nakamura, and Kanako Nishi, and she was the guest editor for the first Japan issue of Words Without Borders. She maintains the database Japanese Literature in English at www.japaneseliteratureinenglish.com.

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