Flowers of Grass

Japanese Literature Series
Takehiko Fukunaga
Translated by Royall Tyler

Outside Tokyo, a tuberculosis sanatorium in the village of K has a six-bed ward that the narrator, an aspiring poet, shares with a student of linguistics and budding writer named Shiomi. After the stubborn Shiomi insists on undergoing a dangerous surgical procedure and dies in the process, two notebooks turn up in his bedsheets. Flowers of Grass unfolds as the narrator reads them, asking himself if Shiomi’s death was a sort of suicide, and learning the details of his late friend’s two great loves: for a brother and sister, both of whom reject him.

Fukunaga himself spent seven years recuperating from tuberculosis following World War II, and drew on his own experiences to create a fully realized portrait of a young man of fastidious intelligence and great sorrow, and how it is possible, seeing reality from the side of death and despair, to still choose life.

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Translated by Royall Tyler
Publication: Japanese Literature Series
Format: Paperback / softback
Number of pages: 328
ISBN-13: 9781564787149
GTIN13: 9781564787149
Language: eng
List price: $17.95