By Yasushi Inoue
Tsugami, the editor-in-chief of a newspaper in war-scarred Osaka, agrees to sponsor a bullfight. For months this great gamble consumes him, makes him as wary and combative as if he was in a ring himself. And, as he becomes ever more distant, his lover Sakiko is unsure if she would like to see him succeed or be destroyed.Yasushi Inoue's novella won him the prestigious Akutagawa Prize and established him as one of Japan's most acclaimed authors. From the planning of a bullfight-through Tsugami's struggle, his focus and his aloneness-he crafts something intensely memorable, a compelling existential tale.
Pushkin Collection editions feature a spare, elegant series style and superior, durable components.The Collection is typeset in Monotype Baskerville, litho-printed on Munken Premium White Paper and notch-bound by the independently owned printer TJ International in Padstow. The covers, with French flaps, are printed on Colorplan Pristine White Paper. Both paper and cover board are acid-free and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified."

"Intense, brilliantly paced narrative...Inoue's masterful novella triumphs through a series of perceptive character studies. It is a wonderful book, ironic yet sympathetic, and the perspective cleverly shifts between the players and their expectations, some complex, some relatively simple." - Eileen Battersby, "Irish Times" "Superb... a straightforward depiction of urban life expands into a rich, philosophical exploration of human agency and choice... Pushkin Press has performed a valuable service in making this great work available in English." - "Independent on Sunday" "Perfection is the only word to describe this subtle tale of a plan to host a bullfight in a Japan still battered by the second World War." - Eileen Battersby, "Irish Times" "A disarmingly simpletale of ambition and entrepreneurial daring... written in tight, confident prose... Pushkin's exquisitely produced edition provides readers of English with long-overdue access to an important Japanese voice. There are plans to publish more... If "Bullfight" is any guide, what follows should be well worth the wait." - David Pilling, "Financial Times" "Rich with imagery and meaning that few novels manage today." - Chris Corker, Japan Society



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Publisher Pushkin Press
Publish date 12/10/2013
Pages 127
ISBN-13 9781782270003
ISBN-10 1782270000
Language English

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