ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT - Japan Society Book Club: Territory of Light by Yuko Tsushima
Monday 8 March 2021
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Territory of Light is the story of a young woman, recently separated from her husband and living alone in Tokyo with her two-year-old daughter. The novel is full of light, sometimes comforting and sometimes dangerous: sunlight streaming through windows, dappled light in the park, distant fireworks, dazzling floodwater, de-saturated streetlamps and mysterious explosions. The cumulative effect of the delicate and beautifully patterned prose is disarmingly powerful and the bright after-images will remain in your mind for a long time.
Satoko Tsushima, known by her pen name Yuko Tsushima, was a Japanese fiction writer, essayist and critic born in Tokyo in 1947, the daughter of the novelist Osamu Dazai, who took his own life when she was one year old. Her prolific literary career began with her first collection of short stories, Shaniku-sai (Carnival), which she published at the age of twenty-four. Tsushima won many of Japan's top literary prizes in her career, including the Izumi Kyōka Prize for Literature, the Noma Literary New Face Prize, the Noma Literary Prize, the Yomiuri Prize and the Tanizaki Prize.
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