THE EMISSARY, by Tawada

Evening Fiction
Tuesday, August 13, 7:00 pm

Evening Fiction Book Group meets 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. - note: new start time

The oldest of P&P’s store sponsored book groups, it was begun by Carla Cohen shortly after the store opened over 25 years ago, when we were still located in the small space across the street.  A handful of present members have been coming all these years. 

It’s a pretty large group, usually between 20 and 30 people.  I refer to it sometimes as a "no guilt book group."  It’s not going to fall apart because you couldn’t make it one month.  We read a variety of authors and try to represent the diversity of countries and cultures.  Some books we’ve enjoyed discussing include:  The In-Between World of Vikram Lall by M.G. Vassanji, Sister of My Heart by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson, Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Light in August by William Faulkner. 

Some books have worked better than others, but the group never fails to manage a lively discussion.  If you enjoy reading fiction and like to be surprised by great stories and authors you haven’t encountered before, this might be your group.

- Mark LaFramboise <Mark@politics-prose.com>

The Emissary Cover Image
By Yoko Tawada, Margaret Mitsutani (Translator)
$14.95
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Description


Japan, after suffering from a massive irreparable disaster, cuts itself off from the world. Children are so weak they can barely stand or walk: the only people with any get-go are the elderly. Mumei lives with his grandfather Yoshiro, who worries about him constantly. They carry on a day-to-day routine in what could be viewed as a post-Fukushima time, with all the children born ancient--frail and gray-haired, yet incredibly compassionate and wise. Mumei may be enfeebled and feverish, but he is a beacon of hope, full of wit and free of self-pity and pessimism. Yoshiro concentrates on nourishing Mumei, a strangely wonderful boy who offers "the beauty of the time that is yet to come."

A delightful, irrepressibly funny book, The Emissary is filled with light. Yoko Tawada, deftly turning inside-out "the curse," defies gravity and creates a playful joyous novel out of a dystopian one, with a legerdemain uniquely her own.



Product Details
ISBN: 9780811227629
ISBN-10: 0811227626
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication Date: April 24th, 2018
Pages: 128
Language: English