The Emissary

Category: Book
Translated By: Mitsutani, Margaret
By (author): Tawada, Yoko
Subject:  FICTION / Dystopian
  FICTION / Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology
  FICTION / General
  FICTION / Literary
Publisher: WW Norton
Published: March 2018
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 128
Size: 8.00in x 5.00in
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From The Publisher*Japan, after suffering from a massive irreparable disaster, cuts itself off from the world. Children are so weak they can barely stand or walk: the only people with any get-go are the elderly. Mumei lives with his grandfather Yoshiro, who worries about him constantly. They carry on a day-to-day routine in what could be viewed as a post-Fukushima time, with all the children born ancient-frail and gray-haired, yet incredibly compassionate and wise. Mumei may be enfeebled and feverish, but he is a beacon of hope, full of wit and free of self-pity and pessimism. Yoshiro concentrates on nourishing Mumei, a strangely wonderful boy who offers "the beauty of the time that is yet to come."

A delightful, irrepressibly funny book, The Emissary is filled with light. Yoko Tawada, deftly turning inside-out "the curse," defies gravity and creates a playful joyous novel out of a dystopian one, with a legerdemain uniquely her own.

Review Quote*Wonderful-what is truly affecting is Tawada's language, which jumps off the page and practically sings. - NPR

Persistent mystery is what is so enchanting about Tawada's writing. Her penetrating irony and deadpan surrealism fray our notions of home and combine to deliver another offbeat tale. An absorbing work from a fascinating mind. - Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Biographical NoteMargaret Mitsutani has also translated Japan's 1994 Nobel Prize laureate Kenzaburo Oe.