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Reconciliation

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Shiga Naoya, the master of Japanese 'I fiction', was encouraged by acclaimed novelist Soseki Natsume to serialise an account of Naoya's feud with his father in the Asahi newspaper, but he repeatedly failed to deliver. 'Well then,' Soseki suggested, 'Why not write a novel about being unable to write?' In Reconciliation, published here for the first time in the English language, Naoya does just that, writing about failed or abortive creative works, while also fictionalising the long-running dispute with his father. The novella is a masterpiece of Naoya's characteristically understated style and a quietly devastating reflection on all kinds of reconciliation: from his own familial reconciliation, to the universal need to reconcile ourselves to the inevitability of ageing, loss and death.

Product code: 9781838850456

ISBN 9781838850456
Series Canons
Publisher Canongate Books Ltd
No. Of Pages 160
Edition Main - Canons
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H198xW129xS9
An autobiographical novella recounting the move towards reconciliation between a father and son; translated for the first time in English