A handsome selection of stories from the From the Risorgimento to the present. Calvino, Morante, Pirandello, etc as well as many other lesser known authors. A handsome accompaniment to Penguin’s recent and very successful Book of Japanese Short Stories.
An extremely pleasurable immersion into Heian-period Japan, this sensual and thoughtful novel is like moving through a series of prints: a young widow journeys to the capital with carp for the imperial temple pools; the theme for a courtly perfume contest is the scent of a young woman passing over a bridge, half-seen in the mist. Translated from the French.
A wry novel in which a middle-age, unsuccessful lecturer (beards in cinema is his field) travels in Matsuo Basho’s footsteps towards the islands of Matsushima, with a suicidal young man for company. Dry, dead-pan, detached and funny. Short-listed for the German Book Prize (2017) and now long-listed for the Man Booker International Prize 2019.