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Hut of Fallen Persimmons (Americas)by Adriana Lisboa
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In a station of the metro in Rio de Janeiro, where both live, illustrator Haruki and artisan Celina meet by chance—and soon decide, however improbably, to travel together to Japan. Their shared destination: the famous Rakushisha, or Hut of Fallen Persimmons, where seventeenth-century haiku master Matsuo Basho once stayed. Their trip to Kyoto provides a context for each to meditate on the past, their feelings for each other, and questions of cultural difference. Through a counterpoint of narration and text, the pairs losses and struggles gradually unfold. Bashos haiku brilliantly mold the novels structure. Bashos translator in Brazil, readers learn, is Harukis great unrequited love, and Celinas sad eyes conceal a tragedy in her own life. In this exquisitely woven novel, meant to be cradled in both hands as the Japanese might hold a precious object, the characters every gesture, reflection, and self-revelation are manifest.
About the Author
The author of eleven widely translated works of fiction, Brazilian author Adriana Lisboa was awarded the José Saramago Prize in 2003 for Sinfonia em branco (Symphony in White, TTUP, 2009). Today she devotes herself entirely to writing and translating, dividing her time between Rio de Janiero and Colorado.
Sarah Green, who holds degrees from the University of Texas and Stanford University, is a translator and interpreter based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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