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On page two of Hiromi Kawakami’s The Briefcase, when narrator Tsukiko is explaining how her story begins and how she became. This week at Necessary Fiction I reviewed Hiromi Kawakami’s The Briefcase, which was published last spring by Counterpoint Press. I had a lot. Hiromi Kawakami’s The Briefcase (translated by Allison Markin Powell) is a brief but powerful novel about the development of a rather unusual.

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Hiromi Kawakami – The Briefcase

Tony Jan 31, Does this book have a similar vibe to the film Lost in Translation? Previous Post Ramuz translation out: With the distinct feeling of the tatami weave on my cheek, I thought about the vague sense of discomfort I experienced when I was with Kojima—it was faint yet inconsolable Tsukiko had lived the entirety of her young life alone and did not seek validation for her existence. The story is slight and the book is short. I can’t say I fully grokked their experience, described in the blurb as “old-fashioned romance”, but it was still interesting to try.

I thought a couple of “dream” or “magical realism” chapters toward the end distracted from the book as a whole. Email required Hiromii never made public. On Detachment It was far too soon for me to have Sensei so capriciously endanger the comfortable distance that existed between us Sense of loneliness which prevails throughout the bbriefcase is sometimes overshadowed by the portrayal of intense detachment despite enjoying close relationships.

I will have to find a copy! I purchased Strange Weather in Tokyo on my Kindle for a mere 99p, and for that reason I am glad that I read this book. Strange Weather in Tokyoalthough it’s only pages, was a little too much about the romance, and I could have done without the Kojima episode entirely.


Heather Jan 31, Sometimes months pass without Tsukiko and Sensei seeing each other. Cada vez comprendo mejor que la magia de la literatura japonesa no reside en las historias que se cuentan sino en la forma tan bella e intimista de contarlas. Tsukiko is an average storyteller, but hiro,i still manages to charm the reader with her unembellished account of a relationship she cherished.

She lives an biefcase life, bereft of meaningful relationships and has even deliberately distanced herself from her family who happens to live in the same neighbourhood as her. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: But had I really enjoyed living life on my own until now? On another, we see Sensei responding uncharacteristically when Tsukiko is insulted by a drunk at a bar. Ecco un libro che mi ha deluso profondamente. Read it on a rainy day. The story is told from the perspective of a woman in her late 30s named Tsukiko, who encounters an old teacher briefcwse hers at her local bar one night.

Just when I thought it was gone, though, it would cozy back up to me. You are commenting using your Twitter account.

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Post was not sent – check your email addresses! Contrasts There are many contrasting feature of the novel. When two resolutely lonely individuals are drawn together, their loneliness is assuaged considerably.

Kaaakami sense of Sensei retained the shape of him. Once they had gone by, we would resume walking closely side by side.

The translation of this novel is presented in incredibly easy prose. I was completely absorbed, finishing the briefcaxe book in a single sitting. There is integrity and warmth in their camaraderie despite immense age difference. Rarely have I seen a novel of such psychological acuity, and the emotions it evokes, especially toward the character of Sensei, are strong and empathetic.


Contemporary Japanese fiction is giromi with loneliness and what loneliness does to the psyche, how it manifests both publicly and privately. Mi piace proprio questa scrittrice, con il suo stile semplice e fatto di piccolezze quotidiane. The Briefcase by Hiromi Kawakami. The pair meet in a traditional Japanese bar. A casa mia questa si chiama bozza, oppure trama approssimativa.

And then as the years passed, I turned into quite a childlike person. Bina Feb 01, I only touch on this briefly in the review, but I think there is a greater discussion lurking around this idea. Even now, I could never quite get a hold on this sense—I would try to capture it, but the sense escaped me.

I was reminded of a UK TV series called may to December that was shown in the uk when I was growing up it involved a couple of similar age gap to the couple in the briefcase and actually similar characters to this book.

Tsukiko is an astute observer, which allows her to intersperse profound personal thoughts with deep examination of her surroundings. Lists with This Book. In other words, she is a real person and she is not a writer.