The Pine Islands

Marion Poschmann, translated by Jen Calleja
AUD $27.99
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A charming, playful, profound tale of lost souls in search of transformation in modern Japan.

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.

The Pine Islands is a serene, playful, profoundly moving story of the transformations we seek and the ones we find along the way.

Author bio:

Marion Poschmann was born in Essen in 1969. A prize-winning poet and novelist, she has won both of Germany's premier poetry prizes, has been shortlisted for the German Book Prize on three occasions and won the 2013 Wilhelm Raabe Literature Prize.

Category: Fiction
ISBN: 9781788160919
Awards: Short-listed International Man Booker Prize 2019 UK
Publisher: Profile Books
Imprint: Serpents Tail
Pub Date: May 2019
Page Extent: 192
Format: Hard Cover
Subject: Fiction in translation

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