The Pine Islands (Hardback)
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The Pine Islands (Hardback)

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Hardback 192 Pages / Published: 21/03/2019
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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
ISBN: 9781788160919
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 277 g
Dimensions: 204 x 138 x 22 mm
Edition: Main


MEDIA REVIEWS

'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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“Intelligent and quirky...”

This book’s main characters are an odd pair. Gilbert, leaving his wife behind in Germany, flies to Japan and Yosa, a young Japanese man on the verge of suicide. They travel to Matsushima following in the footsteps of... More

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“A Brilliant, Quirky Read”

I always love the picks on the Man Booker International Longlists and this novel stood out for its brilliant cover and quirky plot.

However, the book was so much more than I’d thought it’d be. Poschmann creates two... More

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TripFiction

“A beguiling novel set in JAPAN”

One day Gilbert Silvester ups and leaves his home in Germany, abandoning his wife Mathilda as she sleeps, and takes a flight to Japan. This is as spontaneous as it gets! He checks into a hotel in Tokyo with the works... More

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