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Isle of Dreams (Japanese Literature)

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Publisher Comments:

Though it has a lovely name, the real “Island of Dreams” is actually a hunk of reclaimed land in Tokyo Bay where the city dumps its garbage . . . and yet, Shozo Saka, a middle-aged widower, does indeed find the place beautiful: gravitating more and more, since the death of his wife, toward the Island’s massive piles of trash. One day, however, his refuge is invaded by Yoko, a mysterious woman in black, who visits the Island on her motorcycle for no other reason than to treat it as her own private obstacle course. Soon Yoko has lured Saka away from his garbage-paradise, leading him back into a Tokyo far less benign than the things it’s thrown away. Acclaimed on its first publication, Island of Dreams is a sinister satire on urban decay.

Review:

"In Hino's acclaimed 1985 novel, translated into English for the first time, Tokyo is both a setting and a living being, at once evolving and dying in the eyes and mind of Shozo Sakai. Sakai is a middle-aged widower working for a Tokyo construction firm, whose life, while satisfying, is mundane. His true passion lies within the high-rises his company constructs, and he finds himself drawn to a piece of reclaimed land, the landfill island that gives the book its title. There he meets Yoko Hayashi, a mysterious young beauty. Sakai immediately becomes fascinated with her and allows himself to be drawn into her intriguing life, discovering a Tokyo he's never known. As inventive as the late author's efforts to anthropomorphize Tokyo are, they consume his focus; the human characters never develop and attempts to parallel two stories don't come together. Hino's illustration of the heartbreaking desecration of a Tokyo still haunted by its past is a real achievement, though, and readers will feel genuine empathy for the city. (Dec.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

Synopsis:

Hino’s novels have been compared to the work of J. G. Ballard. Available for the first time in English: his masterpiece Island of Dreams.

About the Author

Keizo Hino (1929-2002) was born in Tokyo and accompanied his parents to Korea while the country was under Japanese
control. After his return to Japan, he worked as a foreign correspondent for Yomiuri Shimbun, a Japanese newspaper. He later wrote several novels, his work being compared to that of J. G. Ballard.Charles de Wolf is a professor at Keio University. His translations include Ryunosuke Akutagawa’s Mandarins and Keizo Hino's Island of Dreams.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781564786036
Author:
Hino, Keizo
Publisher:
Dalkey Archive Press
Translator:
De Wolf, Charles
Author:
Charles De Wolf
Author:
De Wolf, Charles
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Series:
Japanese Literature Series
Publication Date:
20101231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
168
Dimensions:
8 x 5.5 x 1 in

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Product details 168 pages Dalkey Archive Press - English 9781564786036 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In Hino's acclaimed 1985 novel, translated into English for the first time, Tokyo is both a setting and a living being, at once evolving and dying in the eyes and mind of Shozo Sakai. Sakai is a middle-aged widower working for a Tokyo construction firm, whose life, while satisfying, is mundane. His true passion lies within the high-rises his company constructs, and he finds himself drawn to a piece of reclaimed land, the landfill island that gives the book its title. There he meets Yoko Hayashi, a mysterious young beauty. Sakai immediately becomes fascinated with her and allows himself to be drawn into her intriguing life, discovering a Tokyo he's never known. As inventive as the late author's efforts to anthropomorphize Tokyo are, they consume his focus; the human characters never develop and attempts to parallel two stories don't come together. Hino's illustration of the heartbreaking desecration of a Tokyo still haunted by its past is a real achievement, though, and readers will feel genuine empathy for the city. (Dec.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Synopsis" by , Hino’s novels have been compared to the work of J. G. Ballard. Available for the first time in English: his masterpiece Island of Dreams.
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