Nameraka de atsukute amakurushikute
[Smooth, Hot, and Sweetly Choking]
Shinchōsha (Shinchō Bunko), 2020. 223 pp. ¥460. ISBN 978-4-10-129243-4.
Translation underway in Italian
The final story, “Mundus,” is the most enigmatic and interesting of all. In the magic-realism-influenced world of the story, filled with curious events and anecdotes, the main character is followed constantly by something unidentifiable, referred to as “that.” Described as “smooth, hot, and sweetly choking,” ultimately “that” may be love.
Within a framework based on the legendary natural forces of the four elements, said to make up the world in ancient Greek philosophy and Buddhist thinking, Kawakami Hiromi attempts here the work of a demiurge, creating a new world out of words. (NM)
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