Mokusei - Cees Nooteboom

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This slim volume by the Dutch master begins with two Europeans in a cafe as they discuss the gap between how outsiders view Japan as a place of eastern mysticism and profound beauty and how it is in reality: a place bound to the same blandness and imperfections from which all places suffer. It is also a love story between a Dutch photographer and a Japanese model, whose relationship is doomed from the very beginning due to the insuperable gulf between the two cultures. It is a sign of Nooteboom's mastery of his craft that he was able to create two different narratives and meld them into one cohesive whole.

Mokusei!: A Love Story Cover Image
By Cees Nooteboom, Adrienne Dixon (Translator)
$19.00
ISBN: 9780857424846
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Seagull Books - November 15th, 2017

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