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Banana Yoshimoto

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Banana Yoshimoto, 1964 - Novelist Banana Yoshimoto was born Mahoko Yoshimoto on July 24, 1964 in Tokyo, Japan. She is the daughter of poet and commentator Yoshimoto Ryumei, who had an impact on the radical student movement of the late 1960's. She attended Tokyo's Nihon University, where she studied vis mere creative writing and won a faculty award for her 1987 graduation novel "Moonlight Shadow." While working as a waitress, she took moments out of her day to write a novel and, at the age of 24, the result was "Kitchen" (1988), which is the story of a lonely woman who moves her bed into the kitchen, finding comfort in the humming of the refrigerator. She also wrote "Pineapple Pudding" and "Fruit Basket," which were both bestsellers. Her novel "Lizard" was dedicated to the memory of the late rocker Kurt Cobain and the novel "Long Night of Marika/Bali Dream Diary" (1996) was considered a flop. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre
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Værker af Banana Yoshimoto

Kitchen : roman (1988) 4,870 eksemplarer
NP (1990) 1,351 eksemplarer
Asleep (1989) 1,268 eksemplarer
Goodbye Tsugumi (2002) 1,216 eksemplarer
Lizard (1995) 1,103 eksemplarer
Amrita (1994) 1,001 eksemplarer
Hardboiled and Hard Luck (2001) 654 eksemplarer
The Lake (2005) 526 eksemplarer
Moshi Moshi (2010) 240 eksemplarer
Sly (1996) 130 eksemplarer
Dead-End Memories: Stories (2022) 117 eksemplarer
L'abito di piume (2005) 117 eksemplarer
Presagio triste (1988) 110 eksemplarer
The Premonition: A Novel (2023) 109 eksemplarer
Il corpo sa tutto (2002) 100 eksemplarer
L'ultima amante di Hachiko (1998) 99 eksemplarer
Honeymoon (1997) 95 eksemplarer
Arcobaleno (2003) 81 eksemplarer
Ricordi di un vicolo cieco (2003) 76 eksemplarer
Il coperchio del mare (2007) 72 eksemplarer
La piccola ombra (2001) 62 eksemplarer
Delfini (2006) 49 eksemplarer
Chie-Chan E Io (Italian Edition) (2007) 46 eksemplarer
Un viaggio chiamato vita (2006) 45 eksemplarer
High & Dry. Primo amore (2004) 40 eksemplarer
A proposito di lei (2002) 29 eksemplarer
Il giardino segreto. Il regno: 3 (2005) 25 eksemplarer
Argentine Hag (2002) 24 eksemplarer
Moonlight Shadow (1986) 22 eksemplarer
Lebensgeister (2011) 18 eksemplarer
Andromeda Heights (2014) 15 eksemplarer
Il dolce domani (2020) 12 eksemplarer
アムリタ〈上〉 (1994) 12 eksemplarer
アムリタ〈下〉 (1994) 12 eksemplarer
Le sorelle Donguri (2010) 12 eksemplarer
Le strane storie di Fukiage (2022) 11 eksemplarer
Su un letto di fiori (2021) 10 eksemplarer
Another world: il Regno 4 (2017) 7 eksemplarer
ひな菊の人生 (2000) 6 eksemplarer
Che significa diventare adulti? (2024) 5 eksemplarer
La casa dei fantasmi (2014) 4 eksemplarer
パイナップルヘッド (1995) 4 eksemplarer
Banana Yoshimoto 4 eksemplarer
Another world. Il regno (Vol. 4) (2019) 4 eksemplarer
パイナップリン (1992) 4 eksemplarer
Newlywed (2005) 4 eksemplarer
Kuhinja (Serbian Edition) (2015) 3 eksemplarer
花のベッドでひるねして (2013) 2 eksemplarer
Moshi Moshi (2017) 2 eksemplarer
哀しい予感 (1988) 2 eksemplarer
La voce del cuore 2 eksemplarer
Viaggiatori nella notte (2013) 2 eksemplarer
日々のこと (幻冬舎文庫) (1997) 2 eksemplarer
夢について (1994) 1 eksemplar
Hard Luck 1 eksemplar
B Kyū Banana 1 eksemplar
האגם (2013) 1 eksemplar
Eldhús 1 eksemplar
中吊り小説 (新潮文庫) (1994) 1 eksemplar
Anna Thalbach liest Yoshimoto (2006) 1 eksemplar
すばらしい日々 (2013) 1 eksemplar
HH 1 eksemplar
Fruits basket : 対談集 (1990) 1 eksemplar
Ein seltsamer Ort 1 eksemplar
イルカ (文春文庫) (2008) 1 eksemplar
どんぐり姉妹 (2010) 1 eksemplar
Ein seltsamer Ort 1 eksemplar
1994 1 eksemplar
Vĩnh biệt Tugumi 1 eksemplar
Thằn Lằn 1 eksemplar
Say ngủ 1 eksemplar
Sueño profundo 1 eksemplar
Un sogno gentile 1 eksemplar
The Premonition 1 eksemplar
ひとかげ (2006) 1 eksemplar
まぼろしハワイ (2007) 1 eksemplar
Hồ 1 eksemplar

Associated Works

The Penguin Book of Japanese Short Stories (2018) — Bidragyder — 361 eksemplarer
The Oxford Book of Japanese Short Stories (1997) — Bidragyder — 230 eksemplarer
The Penguin Book of International Women's Stories (1996) — Bidragyder — 114 eksemplarer
The Book of Tokyo: A City in Short Fiction (Reading the City) (2015) — Bidragyder — 89 eksemplarer
New Japanese Voices: The Best Contemporary Fiction from Japan (1991) — Bidragyder — 49 eksemplarer

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Moon Shadow Moon Shadow

Translated by Megan Backus
Read by Yolande Bavan

I’ve given Banana Yoshimoto’s pen name because it was the name she gave herself in the 1980s when the book was published. Her birth name is Mahoko Yoshimoto, and the title “Kitchen” was the “borrowed-name” of the book; it was the original title and not translated from Japanese.

The book is divided into two parts, the novel “Kitchen” and the novella “Moonlight Shadow”.

I decided to read Kitchen after discovering it was an instant best seller when it was published in Japan, and I was intrigued by the title and the author’s name. I was expecting from these, a quirky novel, along the lines of some other Japanese books I’ve read.

It’s not quirky at all. Both the novel and the novella embrace the themes of coping with the sudden death of a loved one. Both are optimistic, with the survivors moving forward after periods of mourning.

The prose in both stories come across as choppy in parts. I first thought this was due to the translations, but later read it was the original Japanese. What was interesting about the book was the subtle and tender way it dealt with the emotions of mourning. At times the novella Moon Shadow was extremely touching. This may have been because of my own experience of young love. In any case I liked the novella more than I liked the novel.

There were times of unintended humor. Being a lover of Japanese food it was surprising to read of young people praising meal of Kentucky Fried Chicken. Here and there there are signs of Western influence in the writing, and this plus the choppiness of the prose takes from the gentle feel Mahoko Yoshimoto engenders so well in the two stories.

If you like Japanese literature, Kitchen delivers a pleasant read. For me Kitchen is a good but not a memorable book and I rated it a nuanced 3.
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kjuliff | 125 andre anmeldelser | Apr 14, 2024 |
I liked this collection of stories, but didn't love it. The first story, Newlywed, was really interesting though, and elevates this collection for me. These stories do capture a feeling of the early '90s, the ennui, the changes in society that were happening unseen to many of us, and of course, the struggle to find identity, purpose, and hope are universal. I was intrigued enough by this collection that I will read more of Yoshimoto-san's works.
quickmind | 20 andre anmeldelser | Mar 23, 2024 |
I have read Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto as a part of the #52booksin52weeks challenge. The book has been written very beautifully, capturing the emotions of the characters. A simple yet brilliant narration. The stories give you a vibe of sadness and hope. My favorite is the second story, which gives a strong message about life. Reading the book was a heartfelt encounter. But I felt that the stories needed completion. They ended abruptly, leaving the reader wanting more.

After reading the book, I think that people should think more positively about life. Depression and loneliness change a human being, and they forget to live their lives. It was a short read, and I finished it within a day. Definitely, the book deserves 4 stars.… (mere)
Sucharita1986 | 125 andre anmeldelser | Mar 20, 2024 |
A trifle forgettable but nonetheless readable, Yoshimoto's two novellas are musings on the living dealing with death and the supernatural . The stories are not morbid however, they are light and thoughtful and a nice vehicle to entertaining ideas that are slightly far-fetched and otherworldly. I have also read Kitchen by Yoshimoto and even though I don't think Banana is the greatest novelist, I like her innocent and airy style and have enjoyed her offerings thus far!
Dzaowan | 9 andre anmeldelser | Feb 15, 2024 |



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