Shinchōsha (Shinchō Bunko), 2012. 384 pp. ¥630. ISBN 978-4- 10-103626-7. (Originally serialized in Shinchō, Sep. and Nov. 2008 and Jan. and Apr. 2009.)
Also published in: Korean
The English translation for the Japanese title—Gakumon—to some extent fails to convey the stricter, harsher nuance of the Japanese term. Ordinarily it would be unthinkable to use it as the title for a novel. No doubt the author uses this unusual yet memorable heading to describe the characters who grow up as “favorite pupils” of that mysterious concept of yearning, and it stands as an apt description of the complex mingling of the lyricism and sensuality of their determined lives. (NM)
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