Dazzling and ravishingly funny, The Pine Islands is a moving exploration of friendship and trust in contemporary Japan. A poetic blend of humour and melancholy, Poschmann’s novel charts two strangers’ pilgrimage to the pine islands of Matsushima and their concurrent personal transformation.
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: 166 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 11 mm
'Miraculous ... Poschmann has all the air of uncovered greatness' - John Self, The Guardian
'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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