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We, the Children of Cats

We, the Children of Cats [Kindle Edition]

Tomoyuki Hoshino

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Finishing these stories and novellas is like stepping back from a vista where the world has briefly appeared in it's truer or more original and realigned form, shot through with dynamic paradoxes and an unerring ambition to challenge, taking uncharted routes and reconfiguring truths that do indeed lodge themselves in the reader, unreservedly recommended, my thanks go to PM Press. ----Nihon Distractions

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We, The Children of Cats showcases a new collection of provocative early works by Tomoyuki Hoshino, winner of the 2011 Kenzaburo Oe Award in Literature. Drawing on sources as diverse as Nabokov, Garcia-Marquez, Kenji Nakagami and traditional Japanese folklore, Hoshino creates a challenging, slyly subversive literary world all his own. By turns teasing and terrifying, laconic and incandescent, the stories in this anthology demonstrate Hoshino's view of literature as 'an art that wavers, like a heat shimmer'.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1480 KB
  • Print Length: 289 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B008J7S21K
  • Publisher: PM Press; 1 edition (7 Aug 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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3.0 out of 5 stars Strong stories, if a bit dense and clunky 24 Feb 2013
By S. Idell - Published on
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This collection is largely strong, but a bit inconsistent. Hoshino is a writer of interesting ideas who is perhaps a bit too influenced by the likes of Oe during his attempts at execution. His simple plots often grow overly elaborate as they progress, and the prose is not exactly easy to follow in many places. Oe uses prose like this to great effect, but it is somehow distracting in Hoshino's work, and the translation quality feels a bit stiff and academic. I suspect translators of Hoshino's other works might benefit greatly by accepting more influence of editors during the translation process- a literal attempt is not always the best attempt, and some of the awkwardness here feels like it could have been avoided.

On the whole, interesting, but I'd be more eager to see something a bit more fluid in the future.
5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Forget Haruki Murakami 31 Oct 2012
By Greg Wicker - Published on
Kind of like Ovid's Metamorphoses if written by Kobo Abe as part of a gender studies seminar in an Argentinian university. Well worth a read.
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