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The pine islands

The pine islands

Poschmann, Marion, 1969- author; Calleja, Jen, translator

When Gilbert Silvester, a journeyman lecturer on beard fashions in film, awakes one day from a dream that his wife has cheated on him, he flees - immediately, irrationally, inexplicably - for Japan. In Tokyo he discovers the travel writings of the great Japanese poet Basho. Suddenly, from Gilbert's directionless crisis there emerges a purpose: a pilgrimage in the footsteps of the poet to see the moon rise over the pine islands of Matsushima. Falling into step with another pilgrim - a young Japanese student called Yosa, clutching a copy of 'The Complete Manual of Suicide' - Gilbert travels with Yosa across Basho's disappearing Japan, one in search of his perfect ending and the other the new beginning that will give his life meaning

Hardback, Book. English. General. Fiction in Translation. Psychological fiction. Fiction in translation.
Published London: Serpent's Tail, 2019
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Statement of responsibility: Marion Poschmann ; translated by Jen Calleja
ISBN: 1788160916, 9781788160919
Note: Translated from the German.
Physical Description: 180 pages ; 21 cm
Subject: Japan Fiction.
Uniform Title: Kieferninseln. English