The Pine Islands

Marion Poschmann, translated by Jen Calleja
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Shortlisted for The Man Booker International Prize 2019 - a charming, playful, profound tale of lost souls in search of transformation in modern Japan



When Gilbert wakes one day from a dream that his wife has cheated on him, he flees - immediately and inexplicably - for Tokyo, where he meets a fellow lost soul: Yosa, a young Japanese student clutching a copy of The Complete Manual of Suicide. Together, Gilbert and Yosa set off on a pilgrimage to see the pine islands of Matsushima, one looking for the perfect end to his life, the other for a fresh start.

Playful and profound, The Pine Islands is a beautiful tale of friendship, transformation and acceptance in modern Japan.

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 and the Berlin Prize for Literature. Poschmann has been shortlisted for the German Book Prize on three occasions and won the 2013 Wilhelm Raabe Literature Prize.

Category: Fiction
ISBN: 9781788160926
Awards: Short-listed International Man Booker Prize 2019 UK
Publisher: Profile Books
Imprint: Serpents Tail
Pub Date: April 2020
Page Extent: 192
Format: Paperback - B format
Subject: Fiction in translation


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