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Yoko Ogawa

Forfatter af The Housekeeper and the Professor

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Værker af Yoko Ogawa

The Housekeeper and the Professor (2009) 3,193 eksemplarer
The Memory Police (1994) 2,087 eksemplarer
Revenge: Eleven Dark Tales (1998) 851 eksemplarer
The Diving Pool: Three Novellas (1991) 638 eksemplarer
Hotel Iris (1996) 564 eksemplarer
L'annulaire (1994) 94 eksemplarer
Le musée du silence (2000) 85 eksemplarer
Parfum de glace (1997) 72 eksemplarer
Schwimmen mit Elefanten: Roman (2009) 56 eksemplarer
La Marche de Mina (2006) 47 eksemplarer
Love in the Margin (1993) 39 eksemplarer
Una perfetta stanza di ospedale (2003) 39 eksemplarer
Les tendres plaintes (2004) 38 eksemplarer
Les Paupières (2001) 35 eksemplarer
La grossesse (1900) 32 eksemplarer
La petite pièce hexagonale (2004) 31 eksemplarer
La mer (2009) 30 eksemplarer
Les Lectures des otages (2012) 23 eksemplarer
Petits Oiseaux (2012) 18 eksemplarer
La Bénédiction inattendue (2004) 17 eksemplarer
Instantanés d'ambre (2018) 10 eksemplarer
Jeune fille à l'ouvrage (2016) 10 eksemplarer
Manuscrit zéro (2010) 8 eksemplarer
Les abeilles (1991) 8 eksemplarer
Ice perfume (2000) 8 eksemplarer
ボタンちゃん (2015) 3 eksemplarer
Kustunud mälestuste saar (2021) 2 eksemplarer
Petites boîtes (2022) 2 eksemplarer
De tabte minders ø (2021) 2 eksemplarer
Yoko Ogawa - Oeuvres T2 (2014) 2 eksemplarer
いつも彼らはどこかに (2013) 1 eksemplar
妄想気分 (2011) 1 eksemplar
Venganza (2023) 1 eksemplar
Prstenjak (2014) 1 eksemplar
Podziemie pamięci 1 eksemplar
Begalinė lygtis: romanas (2020) 1 eksemplar
妖精が舞い下りる夜 (1997) 1 eksemplar

Associated Works

The Penguin Book of Japanese Short Stories (2018) — Bidragyder — 350 eksemplarer
The Uncanny Reader: Stories from the Shadows (2015) — Bidragyder — 67 eksemplarer
Monkey Business: New Writing from Japan, Volume 01 (2011) — Bidragyder — 12 eksemplarer
Monkey Business: New Writing from Japan, Volume 07 (2017) — Bidragyder — 8 eksemplarer
Monkey Business: New Writing from Japan, Volume 06 (2016) — Bidragyder — 5 eksemplarer
すばる 2010年 04月号 [雑誌] (2010) — Bidragyder — 1 eksemplar

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Kanonisk navn
Ogawa, Yoko
Okayama, Japan
Ashiya, Hyogo, Japan
Waseda University
Priser og hædersbevisninger
Prix Kaien (1988)
Prix Akutagawa (1990)
Prix Yomiuri (2004)
Prix Izumi (2004)
Prix Tanizaki (2006)
Kort biografi
Yoko Ogawa's fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, A Public Space, and Zoetrope. Since 1988 she has published more than twenty works of fiction and nonfiction, and has won every major Japanese literary award. [retrieved 6/28/2016 from Amazon.com Author Page]



2.5 at best. Normally I love surrealism in literature and art, and the first half of this book was no exception, but by the end I was left with the same unanswered questions as the beginning, and ended up strongly disliking the narrator to boot. Though I understand there's supposed to be a deeper meaning symbolized by the surreal events happening on the island, I would've appreciated some hints on how the Memory Police came about, how the "disappearances" happen and are chosen... something! Instead, we just get a bunch of idle speculation. The time and setting are unclear, though the characters live similarly to how we do today, which gave me the impression that more details/worldbuilding were to follow. Grounding the story further might have driven its message home a little better, instead of the nebulous way it's delivered here.

Also, I was absolutely done with the main character when she risked everything for no reason by walking into the Memory Police headquarters (apparently without suffering any consequences though, so it's all excused I guess?) and somehow managed to ignore the repeated signs of an oncoming stroke in her friend the old man until the day he died of one (for context/contrast, she took the dog to the vet at the first sign of illness). I can understand unlikeable characters, but I cannot abide inconsistent or stupid ones, and the unnamed narrator of this book unfortunately happens to be both. In fact, she hardly qualifies as a main character for me because she takes a backseat in almost all the events that matter - she tells us what happens to her, what other people are doing (the old man does pretty much everything, for instance, when it comes to their rescue operation) carries on an icky affair with a married man she's hiding (contributing nothing whatsoever to the plot), and then just kind of fades away at the end. Good riddance, honestly.
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Myridia | 91 andre anmeldelser | Jan 19, 2024 |
Se volete leggere qualcosa di inquietante, potete sempre contare su Yōko Ogawa. Ne L’anulare abbiamo una storia che ricorda vagamente quella del nostro Barbablù: abbiamo una donna che, nonostante tutti i campanelli di allarme che sente suonare – e noi con lei – continua a lavorare per lo strano e inquietante laboratorio del signor Deshimaru, che finisce per regalarle il paio di scarpe forse più terrificante della letteratura mondiale..

Sono delle belle scarpe, ma dall’aspetto assolutamente ordinario: voglio dire, non è che mordono non appena le infili. Ma Ogawa è molto abile nel fare di un accessorio così comune e così quotidiano un tramite per mostrare la capacità di annientare le donne che possono avere gli uomini con le loro esigenze e le loro richieste che non tengono conto delle libertà e dei bisogni altrui.

Fin dalla prima pagina di questo libriccino sentiamo montare un’inquietudine che quasi fa venire voglia di urlare tanta è la tensione che si finisce per accumulare. Meno male sono “solo” centotré pagine altrimenti mi prendeva un infarto.
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lasiepedimore | 7 andre anmeldelser | Jan 17, 2024 |
Another beyond weird translated book with an interesting concept! Though I feel this book holds the reader at a distance, for example, none of the characters have names. A novelist lives in a place where occasionally things disappear from the island. One day it's birds. One day it's roses... Interspersed with a bit of a novel that the character was writing makes it a bit more interesting. I don't regret reading it, but wish I had liked the execution better.
booklove2 | 91 andre anmeldelser | Jan 12, 2024 |
Story: 8.5 / 10
Characters: 7.5
Setting: 7
Prose: 8.5

Themes: Family, work, memory, relationships, time, personality, mathematics, leisure
MXMLLN | 216 andre anmeldelser | Jan 12, 2024 |



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