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A major literary sensation is back with a quietly stunning tour de force about a young woman who falls for a cult escapee.
While The Lake shows off many of the features that have made Banana Yoshimoto famous—a cast of vivid and quirky characters, simple yet nuanced prose, a tight plot with an upbeat pace—it’s also one of the most darkly mysterious books she’s ever written.
It tells the tale of a young woman who moves to Tokyo after the death of her mother, hoping to get over her grief and start a career as a graphic artist. She finds herself spending too much time staring out her window, though ... until she realizes she’s gotten used to seeing a young man across the street staring out his window, too.
They eventually embark on a hesitant romance, until she learns that he has been the victim of some form of childhood trauma. Visiting two of his friends who live a monastic life beside a beautiful lake, she begins to piece together a series of clues that lead her to suspect his experience may have had something to do with a bizarre religious cult. . . .
With its echoes of the infamous, real-life Aum Shinrikyo cult (the group that released poison gas in the Tokyo subway system), The Lake unfolds as the most powerful novel Banana Yoshimoto has written. And as the two young lovers overcome their troubled past to discover hope in the beautiful solitude of the lake in the countryside, it’s also one of her most moving.
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Banana Yoshimoto wrote her first novel, Kitchen, while working as a waitress at a golf-course restaurant. It sold millions of copies worldwide, and led to a phenomenon dubbed by Western journalists as “Banana-mania.” Yoshimoto has gone on to be one of the biggest-selling and most distinguished writers in Japanese history, winning numerous awards for her work. The Lake is her thirteenth book of fiction.
Michael Emmerich has translated numerous books by Banana Yoshimoto, and is also known for his translations of Nobel Prize-winner Yasunari Kawabata.
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Book Description Melville House, 2011. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P111933633778
Book Description Melville House. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 1933633778 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW4.0887304
Book Description Melville House, 2011. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: Praise for The Lake "The simplicity of this elliptical novels form and expression belies its emotional depth.Theres almost an artistic sleight of hand in the latest from Yoshimoto, a novel in which nothing much seems to happen yet everything changes." - Kirkus Reviews , starred review "Yoshimoto's marvelously light touch is perfectly captured by Emmerich's pristine translation." - Publishers Weekly "Yoshimoto aficionados who have savored any of the dozen-plus novels shes written over the last three decades since she became a near-instant pop literary phenomenon with Kitchen will recognize her signature crisp, clipped style (thanks to exacting translator Emmerichs constancy) and revel in her latest cast of quirky characters. Newbies with a penchant for Haruki Murakamis mind-bending protagonists or Yoko Tawadas sparse precision will do well to begin their so-called Bananamania with this beguiling title." - Library Journal Praise for Banana Yoshimoto A sure and lyrical writer . . . Yoshimoto transforms the trite into the essential. -The New Yorker Ms. Yoshimoto has an effortless ability to penetrate her characters hearts. -Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times Banana Yoshimoto is a master storyteller. . . . The sensuality is subtle, masked, and extraordinarily powerful. The language is deceptively simple. -Chicago Tribune There is no such thing as a stock character in Yoshimotos fiction. She writes utterly without pretense. -The Washington Post The disturbing, ironic, relentless clarity of her voice casts a spell. . . . -The Denver Post Her achievements are already legend. -The Boston Globe. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_1933633778