100 words on Kinshu by Teru Miyamoto

Letters. Disabled child. Hesitancy. Infidelity leads to double suicide. Late 20th-C Japan. I-novel told through letters. "Perhaps living and dying are the same thing." Mozart in the coffee shop. "Themes of life, death, karma-these interwoven themes form the heart of Miyamoto's lyrical novel" and any other novels as well? Reads like a Japanese soap opera. Does every man in Japan cheat on his wife? Scenes very familiar. Haven't I read this before? Why so long in translating work and why start with this one? Outstanding work of Japanese literature by Japanese Literature Publishing Project. Repeating themes, airy language, domestic story.

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1.16.2006
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