I have just finished reading Hans Brinckmann’s ‘The Tomb in the Kyoto Hills,’ a collection of short stories whose themes and protagonists, as the title of the book suggests, are connected in some way with Japan. The nature of those connections, how they can become the very sinews of the characters’ lives, is subtly explored.
As a Japan resident who has read a great deal of literature published by foreign writers on the country, I’m quite choosy with new titles, only too aware of the casual misrepresentations that often pass for interpretations in fiction of the country. It was, therefore, a delight to come across such well-grounded and engaging narratives. The stories, all very strong on local detail, atmosphere and credible characterization, are structured to build anticipation and reader commitment, no easy task.
In Hans Brinckman we find a seasoned writer who has spent much of his adult life in Japan, and is thereby able to summon cultural elements that immeasurably enrich the tales in this collection. ‘The Tomb in the Kyoto Hills’ reminds us that, like poetry, an entire existence can be compressed into the few short pages of a story, provided that is, the writer is judicious enough to accomplish that small miracle.
- ペーパーバック: 160ページ
- 出版社: Strategic Book Publishing & Rights Agency, LLC (2011/10/7)
- 言語: 英語
- ISBN-10: 1612041957
- ISBN-13: 978-1612041957
- 発売日： 2011/10/7
- 商品の寸法: 14 x 0.9 x 21.6 cm
- カスタマーレビュー: 評価の数 1
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