I’m SO looking forward to this: The Lake by Banana Yoshimoto
19 May, 2011
Banana Yoshimoto’s Kitchen was one of the first contemporary Japanese novels I read in both English and Japanese while at school, quickly followed by Goodbye, Tsugumi, probably my favourite. Yoshimoto’s novels tackle contemporary social issues in modern Japan in a way that I had not previously experienced and was startlingly original. It’s been a while since I’ve read a novel by Yoshimoto, so I’m really excited about her forthcoming new novel, The Lake, a ‘delicate, and suspenseful tale about a young painter named Chihiro and her relationship with a brilliant but troubled young man named Nakajima who has a mysterious trauma in his past’, and is out in a couple of months. Just in time for Dolce Bellezza‘s Japanese Literature Challenge 5. Cannot wait!
On top of that, Melville House who is publishing The Lake has pledged a portion of their sales to the Japan Disaster Relief. So check out Banana for Japan.