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From Publishers Weekly

In Kawakami's first novel to be translated into English, a woman fades in and out of the present as she visits the beach town of Manazuru, in the shadow of Mt. Fuji. Kei's husband disappeared when their daughter, Momo, was three. Momo is now 12 and lives with Kei and Kei's mother in Tokyo. Moments shared among the women are pleasant but awkward, due to three generations of unspoken resentment. Some jarring transitions aside, Kawakami's handling of temporal space feels authentic: as Kei kisses her lover in one time and place, the wetness leaves her lips in another; she sits alone on a bench in Tokyo. The real and the fantastical meld as Kei narrowly avoids disaster (she escapes the typhoon that destroys the restaurant where she was dining). Her memories are startlingly vivid, yet their veracity remains uncertain; are the visions she has of her husband with another woman real or imagined? Kawakami has a remarkable ability to obscure reality, fantasy, and memory, making the desire for love feel hauntingly real.
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The Manazuru of Kawakami’s is a dream state as much as a place, a seaside town visited often by the restless narrator, Kei. Kei’s husband vanished more than a decade ago, and only now, living in Tokyo with her mother and sullen 16-year-old daughter, is she compelled to put his memory to rest. Kei is haunted not only by her husband but also inexplicably by other shadowlike entities. She is drawn again and again to Manazuru, where she enters a world where time stops, sound evaporates, women hang from trees, boats spark into flame and disappear, and ghosts come and go like smoke. Yet the fantasy has purpose as a manifestation of Kei’s sense of displacement, and of her estrangement from her daughter and mother. The action convincingly moves in waves between Kei’s past and present, the surreal and the everyday. Part ghost story, part meditation on life and death, family and self, this slim novel is captivating and suspenseful, and sure to satisfy not only fans of ghost fiction but all readers. --Annie Tully
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 219 pages
  • Publisher: Counterpoint; Reprint edition (August 31, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582436002
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582436005
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #983,703 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Winnotta on January 20, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is an internal stream of consciousness story, beautifully written and poignant. This is an incredible mental journal of a woman abandoned by her husband, and after 12 years slowly lets go of him so she can begin her life anew. I suspect this isn't everyone's cup of tea, but for me it was hauntingly beautiful and well worth the read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Idell on November 11, 2012
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Manazuru is the sort of book that is almost impossible to describe. It's a story about memory, or something like it, written in a shockingly spare and compact style that encourages the reader to delve between the lines. In some places there seems to be a lack of resolution, a sense that something important is missing from the text, but of course, that is precisely the point. Kawakami has an exceptional knack for mixing the real and the unreal together, and part of the beauty of her method is that is resists interpretation as much as it encourages it. What the reader is left with, instead, are sensations, exquisite turns of phrase delivered in a uniquely ethereal tone. All in all it is utterly beautiful, in precisely the sort of frustrating way that makes the book impossible to forget.

All that said, this isn't a five-star book for everyone. Writers will love it for what it teaches- the same tone and composition can hardly be found anywhere else. Japanese speakers who have read the original might find the translation interesting as well- Michael Emmerich has done a stupendous job rendering into English a novel which seems, from the outside, almost impossible to translate. Perpetual seekers of the strange and lovers of perception will be similarly satisfied. A reader unwilling to reach beyond the bounds of a conventional narrative, though, will likely want to walk away, regardless of the novel's technical prowess. Manazuru is just that sort of story: beautiful and possibly just a bit too strange for comfort.
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By Hanh on October 12, 2013
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of which I keep two copies, and the other two I gave to my friends as gifts. Because it's a book that really makes me think about my life and the lives of others around me.
It's not a book of plot; if you're looking for something thrilling or scandalous, Manazuru will prove to be a futile cycle of so-called boring daily life. Kei struggles between the love for her husband, who disappeared 10 years ago, and the need to move on. She has a relationship with a married man, a teenage daughter, and an aging mother, but the memories of her husband never completely dissipate from her life. She comes to Manazuru to forget, but that's where she remembers everything in the most lucid way. Or, do we forget by remembering?

A haunting and beautiful exploration of memories, Manazuru is one of those books that will not suit every taste, but if you have ever tried to forget someone and can't, you might be able to relate to the heroine of the book. Have I tried to forget someone and wasn't able to for a very long time? Psh, plenty.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nico on September 27, 2010
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Very refined. However, I liked better Kawakami's earlier and less spooky book The Teacher's Briefcase.
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4 of 18 people found the following review helpful By C E Voigtsberger Jr on September 20, 2010
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I can understand why all the men in her life leave her. The heroine of this book is self-absorbed, whiney, neurotic and wanders in and out of lucidity. If that is your cup of tea, have at it. If not, leave it.
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