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The Bear and the Paving Stone: An Extract

Posted 20th Feb 2018

At Pushkin, we’re very excited to bring you the next in our series of novellas, showcasing the best contemporary writing by the most highly regarded writers in Japan today. All novellas are edited by Elmer Luke, one of the best editors of Japanese literature working today and the covers have been beautifully designed by Nathan Burton (see Creative Review’s design story here).

The Bear and the Paving Stone won the prestigious Akutagawa Prize, and contains three dream-like tales of memory and war within its pages.

Visiting a friend in the French countryside, a man finds himself cast into the quandaries of historical whim, religious identity, and seeing without sight; a walk along the seashore, upon the anniversary of a death, becomes a reverie on building sandcastles; and an innocent break-in at the ruins of an archbishop’s residence takes a turn towards disaster.

In three stories that prove the unavoidable connections of our past, Toshiyuki Horie creates a haunting world of dreams and memories where everyone ends up where they began – whether they want to or not.

Intrigued? Read an extract of this haunting novella here >

Or buy all 5 gorgeous Japanese Novellas for just £30 on our shop >