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Book Title: Apparitions: Ghosts of Old Edo|
The author of the book: Miyuki Miyabe
ISBN 13: 9781421567426
Date of issue: November 19th 2013
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These 9 stories deliver exactly what the cover art and description promise. 18th century Edo, now Tokyo. Restless spirits. Oni. 10-14 year old apprentices, often orphaned and at the mercy of mercantile owners, housekeepers and the like. Shadowless persons who neither age nor die. Plus Miyabe's elegant, understated writing. These stories offer the presence of the supernatural in the tangible world. Some characters observe and interact with spirits, monsters, images; in other instances, otherworldly beings' actions reveal their presence. Still others are indicated by a smell, a reflection, the evil in one's own heart. When death occurs, it typically arrives off-screen, as it were.
My three favorites were, The Oni of the Adachi House, The Oni in the Autumn Rain, and the last of the collection: The Mussel Mound.
I doubt that I have finished a short story collection in the last decade. Were Apparitions not the subject of the Japanese Literature GR club discussion this month, I'd likely not have selected it and would have missed out on an excellent read somewhat out of my reading comfort zone. (Join the group and discussion if you're interested.) Plus, I'm now a Miyabe fangirl and will seek her novels next.
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Miyuki Miyabe (宮部みゆき Miyabe Miyuki) is a popular contemporary Japanese author active in a number of genres including science fiction, mystery fiction, historical fiction, social commentary, and juvenile fiction.
Miyabe started writing novels at the age of 23. She has been a prolific writer, publishing dozens of novels and winning many major literary prizes, including the Yamamoto Shūgorō Prize in 1993 for Kasha and the Naoki Prize in 1998 for Riyū [The Reason] (理由). A Japanese film adaptation of Riyû, directed by Nobuhiko Obayashi, was released in 2004.
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