Shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize 2019
When Gilbert Silvester wakes 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. Along the way he falls into step with another pilgrim: Yosa, a young Japanese student clutching a copy of The Complete Manual of Suicide. Together, Gilbert and Yosa travel across Basho's disappearing Japan, one in search of his perfect ending and the other a new beginning.
Serene, playful and profound, The Pine Islands is a story of the transformations we seek and the ones we find along the way.
Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 277 g
Dimensions: 204 x 138 x 22 mm
'A masterpiece' - Die Zeit
'Clever, poetic, funny' - Tagesspiegel
'A dazzling little novel' - Suddeutsche Zeitung
'Profoundly serene, flawlessly beautiful' - TAZ
'Ravishingly funny' - Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
'Simply wonderful' - Stern
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