Shinchōsha, 2013. 182 pp. ¥1,300. ISBN 978-4-10-466906-6.
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It seems at first glance like a very ordinary household, but the four characters are all immersed in their own individual worlds. Fūka’s TV commentator mother rushes all over the country giving lectures. Her father is a firefighter who puts his energies into studying foreign languages in his free time. Her sister is desperate to catch the man having an affair with her mother. Fūka herself battles bouts of nervous itching.
There is no traditional plot in this story, which is simply a loose collection of fragmentary episodes from daily life. Yet in their arrangement, a picture emerges of the modern family—and the chill wind raging through it. The seven short stories in this collection all share a sense of the uncanny that lies hidden beneath the thin ice of everyday life and a calm that appears on the verge of being destroyed.
Since her shocking debut, Ittsu onrī tōku [It’s Only Talk], the author, Itoyama Akiko, has been one of Japan’s most supremely talented writers. This collection represents her daring challenge to fictional form. Even in avant-garde novels, authors tend to pursue artistic expression by developing stories through an eventbased narrative. Itoyama, however, breaks up standard chronological development and transcends narrative to address the fragility of human relations and the com - plexities of communication. (CK)
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