The Old Capital Paperback – 9 Feb 2006
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"J. Martin Holman...has generally struck an excellent balance between accuracy and the need to create a certain level of evocative possibility. Holman is to be congratulated for making available in English a number of striking works by this now-classic Japanese author."
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And, contrary to the comments of one of the other reviewers, the original title of the book in Japanese is not "Kyoto". Translations of the book in most European languages used "Kyoto" as the title, perhaps for marketing purposes. The Japanese title is "Koto", which is made up of the characters for "old" and "capital", and does indeed mean "the old capital".
Achingly beautiful writing - not a lot happens and it ends abruptly, you have to imagine the ending yourself! Well worth the effort!
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