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The Pine Islands

Translator: Jen Calleja
Imprint: Serpent's Tail
Pages: 192
Subject: Fiction, World Literature

The Pine Islands

Marion Poschmann

A charming, playful, profound tale of lost souls in search of transformation in modern Japan

Hardback(Preorder only)
9781788160919 (Published 11 Apr 2019)
£12.99

About the book

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.

About the author

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.

Reviews

The Pine Islands is a masterpiece ... Marion Poschmann is a central figure in German contemporary literature

- Die Zeit

A finely crafted novel of filigree-like tracery, imbued with a jovial serenity

- Süddeutsche Zeitung

Marion Poschmann writes unfathomably buoyant, flawlessly beautiful prose

- TAZ

Additional Information

Translator: Jen Calleja
Imprint: Serpent's Tail
Pages: 192
Subject: Fiction, World Literature