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Japan Society Book Club: The Hunting Gun by Yasushi Inoue

13 May — 7:00 pm


Monday 13 May 2019 7.00pm

The Japan Society
13 / 14 Cornwall Terrace
London NW1 4QP

Free for Japan Society Members
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Yasushi Inoue’s The Hunting Gun is a poised, unsentimental novella and a powerful tale with universal resonance. Written from different points of view, the story revolves around four characters, Mitsugi, the huband, his wife, his lover and his lover’s daughter, and explores the impact of a forbidden passion. Letters written by each of the women offer different perspectives on the love affair, each in turn (mis) interpreting events, conversations and characters. Love, death, truth and loneliness are all intertwined in this masterpiece from one of Japan’s greatest writers.

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Born in 1907, Yasushi Inoue worked as a journalist and literary editor for many years, only beginning his prolific career as an author in 1949 with Bullfight. He went on to publish 50 novels and 150 short stories, both historical and contemporary, his work making him one of Japan’s major literary figures. In 1976 Inoue was presented with the Order of Culture, the highest honour granted for artistic merit in Japan. He died in 1991.

To reserve your place, please call the Japan Society office on 020 3075 1996 or email events@japansociety.org.uk or submit the online booking form.

 

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13 May
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