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The Word Book
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Like the surfaces of a jagged crystal, each story in this collection shows an entirely different facet when viewed from a different angle. Playing games with the basic units of both life and fiction -- the solid certainties of the self, the world around us, and the words we use to describe these things to one another -- Mieko Kanai creates a reality where nothing is certain, and where a little boy going out to run errands for his mother might find that he's an adult, and his mother long dead, at the end of a single train ride. Using precise language to describe dreamlike plots owing as much to Kafka and Barthelme as to Kenzaburo Oe and the long tradition of the Japanese folktale of the macabre, The Word Book is an unforgettable voyage to absurd, hilarious, and terrifying locales, and is the English-language debut for one of the greatest and most interesting Japanese writers working today.
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The newest addition to Dalkey Archive's Japanese Literature Series is a complex and beautiful tour de force.

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Kanai has an ephemeral sensuality that offsets and compliments her modulated voices, who guide you through mini epics in this crisp, cool collection. --Bret McCabe Kanai's stories remind me of Italo Calvino or Jorge Luis Borges, with their stylistically vague flatness yet strong character-driven underpinnings I highly recommended them and look forward to more. --Todd Shimoda Realities shift and are at once dreamlike and tangible. The range of subject matter and register is dazzling. --Steve Finbow

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