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A lost treasure of Japanese fiction – pocket-sized but world class

A review of The Hunting Gun and Bullfight, by Yasushi Inoue, translated by Michael Emmerich. Whether exploring the distanced and reflective or edgy and jagged, this Japanese author is a modern master

17 May 2014

9:00 AM

17 May 2014

9:00 AM

The Hunting Gun Yasushi Inoue (trans. Michael Emmerich)

Pushkin Press, pp.106, £10, ISBN: 9781782270010

Bullfight Yasushi Inoue (trans. Michael Emmerich)

Pushkin Press, pp.124, £12, ISBN: 9781782270010

Think haiku, netsuke, moss gardens… Small is beautiful. Japanese art, a scholar of the culture once commented, is great in small things. Pushkin Press has a track record for bringing foreign language works, classic and contemporary, to a British readership, and with this pocket-sized, elegant duo they celebrate a modern Japanese master virtually unknown here.

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