Death by Water

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Product Number: Z100102251
Released: Nov 03, 2015
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ISBN: #9781494598679
Narrator/s: Paul Boehmer
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
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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 World War II: 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.

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Author(s): Kenzaburo Oe
Awards:2016-Fiction-Long Listed-The Man Booker Prize International
Original Publish Date: Nov 03, 2015

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Author(s): Kenzaburo Oe
Narrator(s): Paul Boehmer
Product Number DD22926
Released: Nov 03, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
ISBN: #9781494518677
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Author(s): Kenzaburo Oe
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Released: Mar 11, 2016
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Professional reviews

"Paul Boehmer effectively delivers the latest title in Oe's series about his literary alter ego, Kogito Choko. Choko is trying to piece together the circumstances of his father's death and complete his magnum opus while juggling the weight of regret, the need for clarity, and the singular power of family ties. Boehmer uses distinct tones and emphasis to navigate the collection of Japanese names and terms; his cadence, however, takes a bit of getting used to. The care he gives his enunciation is necessary with such content, of course, but the result is sometimes a bit stilted. None of this actually makes the title unenjoyable; it simply reminds listeners that they're listening to a text in translation. N.J.B. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine"

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