Word Book (Japanese Literature Series)

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The newest addition to Dalkey Archive s Japanese Literature Series is a complex and beautiful tour de force.

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Mark Allen, London South Bank UniversityPaul McCarthy, Glasgow Caledonian University

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“Kanai has an ephemeral sensuality that offsets and compliments her modulated voices, who guide you through mini epics in this crisp, cool collection.” (Bret McCabe - Baltimore City Paper)

“Kanai's stories remind me of Italo Calvino or Jorge Luis Borges, with their stylistically vague flatness yet strong character-driven underpinnings... I highly recommended them and look forward to more.” (Todd Shimoda - Asian Review of Books)

“Realities shift and are at once dreamlike and tangible. The range of subject matter and register is dazzling.” (Steve Finbow - The Japan Times)

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