Manazuru

by Hiromi Kawakami, Michael Emmerich

Twelve years have passed since Kei’s husband, Rei, disappeared and she was left alone with her three-year-olddaughter.

  • Paperback
  • Pages: 224 pages
  • Average Rating: 3.34 out of 5
  • Published August 31st 2010 by Counterpoint
  • Original Title: 真鶴 [Manazuru]
  • ISBN: 1582436002 (ISBN13: 9781582436005)
  • Edition Language: English

Twelve years have passed since Kei’s husband, Rei, disappeared and she was left alone with her three-year-old daughter. Her new relationship with a married man—the antithesis of Rei—has brought her life to a numbing stasis, and her relationships with her mother and daughter have spilled into routine, day after day. Kei begins making repeated trips to the seaside town of Manazuru, a place that jogs her memory to a moment in time she can never quite locate. Her time there by the water encompasses years of unsteady footing and a developing urgency to find something.Through a poetic style embracing the surreal and grotesque, a quiet tenderness emerges from these dark moments. Manazuru is a meditation on memory—a profound, precisely delineated exploration of the relationships between lovers and family members. Both startlingly restless and immaculately compact, Manazuru paints the portrait of a woman on the brink of her own memories and future.