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Kioku no nagisa nite

[On the Shores of Memory]

By Shiraishi Kazufumi

Kadokawa, 2019. 592 pp. ¥880. ISBN 978-4-04-107307-0.

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Do a person’s memories, accumulated over a lifetime, vanish at the point of death? Couldn’t one imagine that “the information (memories) stored in our own computers (brains) are continually transmitted to an external host computer (the memory sea)”? What if it were possible for someone to get our own and our ancestors’ stored memories from the sea of information as necessity required? . . . Shiraishi’s novel is dynamically structured about this creative conceit. It can also be enjoyed as a mystery, rich in suspense.

    The first part tells of the death of a world-famous Japanese author and his younger brother. Their nephew, a young writer, is compelled by circumstances to unravel what happened. Suspicious characters appear in turn around him as the stage shifts among different locations around Japan and then to London. The difficult path from clue to clue toward the solution is depicted in detail. Over a lengthy period, the nephew disentangles the mystery of the initially incomprehensible will and interpersonal connections, and a grand narrative takes shape of 150 years in the life of a family—and of human remembrance. Readers will certainly enjoy the experience of ever-deeper submersion in this fictional sea of memories. (OM)
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By Shiraishi Kazufumi

Shiraishi Kazufumi

Born in Fukuoka Prefecture in 1958. His book Isshun no hikari [A Moment of Light] was published in 2000 while he was working for the publisher Bungeishunjū. Received the Yamamoto Shūgorō Prize in 2009 for Kono mune ni fukabuka to tsukisasaru ya o nuke [Remove That Arrow from Deep in My Heart] and the Naoki Prize in 2010 for Hokanaranu hito e [To an Incomparable Other]. His contemplative style gives him a unique presence. Other works include Ai nante uso [Love Is a Lie].

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