Banana Yoshimoto - Asleep
Banana Yoshimoto has a magical ability to animate the lives of her young characters, and here she spins the stories of three women, all bewitched into a spiritual sleep. One, mourning a lost lover, finds herself sleepwalking at night. Another, who has embarked on a relationship with a man whose wife is in a coma, finds herself suddenly unable to stay awake. A third finds her sleep haunted by another woman whom she was once pitted against in a love triangle.
Sly and mystical as a ghost story, with a touch of Kafkaesque surrealism, Asleep, first published in Japan in 1989, is an enchanting book from one of the best writers in contemporary international fiction.
Translated by Michael Emmerich.
paperback | 192 pages | 214x127mm