Death by Water

Product Number: EB00640702
Released: Mar 11, 2016
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ISBN: #9780802190871
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Kenzaburo oe was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for creating "an imagined world, where life and myth condense to form a disconcerting picture of the human predicament today." In Death by Water, his recurring protagonist and literary alter-ego returns to his hometown village in search of a red suitcase fabled to hold documents revealing the details of his father's death during WWII: details that will serve as the foundation for his new, and final, novel. Since his youth, renowned novelist Kogito Choko planned to fictionalize his father's fatal drowning in order to fully process the loss. Stricken with guilt and regret over his failure to rescue his father, Choko has long been driven to discover why his father was boating on the river in a torrential storm. Though he remembers overhearing his father and a group of soldiers discussing an insurgent scheme to stage a suicide attack on Emperor Mikado, Choko cannot separate his memories from imagination and his family is hesitant to reveal the entire story. When the contents of the trunk turn out to offer little clarity, Choko abandons the novel in creative despair. Floundering as an artist, he's haunted by fear that he may never write his tour de force. But when he collaborates with an avant-garde theater troupe dramatizing his early novels, Kogito is revitalized by revisiting his formative work and he finds the will to continue investigating his father's demise. Diving into the turbulent depths of legacy and mortality, Death by Water is an exquisite examination of resurfacing national and personal trauma, and the ways that storytelling can mend political, social, and familial rifts.

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Author(s): Kenzaburo Oe
Awards:2016-Fiction-Long Listed-The Man Booker Prize International
Original Publish Date: Oct 06, 2015

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Author(s): Kenzaburo Oe
Narrator(s): Paul Boehmer
Product Number DD22926
Released: Nov 03, 2015
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Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
ISBN: #9781494518677
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Author(s): Kenzaburo Oe
Narrator(s): Paul Boehmer
Product Number Z100102251
Released: Nov 03, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
ISBN: #9781494598679

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