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The Pine Islands af Marion Poschmann
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The Pine Islands (original 2017; udgave 2020)

af Marion Poschmann (Forfatter), Jen Calleja (Oversætter)

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When Gilbert Silvester, a journeyman lecturer on beard fashions in film, awakes one day from a dream that his wife has cheated on him, he flees - immediately, irrationally, inexplicably - for Japan. In Tokyo he discovers the travel writings of the great Japanese poet Basho. Suddenly, from Gilbert's directionless crisis there emerges a purpose: a pilgrimage in the footsteps of the poet to see the moon rise over the pine islands of Matsushima. Falling into step with another pilgrim - a young Japanese student called Yosa, clutching a copy of The Complete Manual of Suicide - Gilbert travels with Yosa across Basho's disappearing Japan, one in search of his perfect ending and the other the new beginning that will give his life meaning. The Pine Islands is a serene, playful, profoundly moving story of the transformations we seek and the ones we find along the way.… (mere)
Medlem:icolford
Titel:The Pine Islands
Forfattere:Marion Poschmann (Forfatter)
Andre forfattere:Jen Calleja (Oversætter)
Info:Coach House Books (2020), Edition: Reprint, 160 pages
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The Pine Islands af Marion Poschmann (2017)

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In Marion Poschmann’s leisurely paced yet captivating novel The Pine Islands, eminent German scholar and authority on beard styles in film, Gilbert Silvester, has dreamed that his wife, Matilda, has cheated on him. Unable to shake the certainty that the dream is a reflection of the truth, he returns home after work that evening and confronts her. She denies the accusation, which “only confirmed his suspicions.” Gilbert retrieves his passport, gathers a few items together, leaves the house, and the next morning finds himself on board a flight to Tokyo. Gilbert’s journey through Japan occupies the remainder of the book. At a station in Tokyo he meets a young man, Yosa Tamagotchi, who becomes his reluctant traveling companion after Gilbert prevents him from jumping from the platform into the path of a train. The precise nature of Gilbert’s search is left unspecified, but it does seem that he is looking for self-knowledge, which will only come when he attains distance from the ills of society that are preventing him from accepting who and what he is. In addition to the insecurity he feels about his marriage, he has been frustrated in his career (“humble researcher, an associate lecturer”) because he never learned how to schmooze and get chummy with those in a position to help him advance. Yosa, on the other hand, who feels he has failed himself because he is certain he will not pass his exams and failed his parents because he refused to join the family’s tea business, is searching for the perfect place to end his life. Poschmann’s narrative achieves a solemn, meditative tone as Gilbert and Yosa meander from place to place—some haunted, others not—each nursing private grievances and regrets. Together they find solace in Japan’s natural beauty and the haiku poetry of Matsuo Bashō, whose journey through the country in search of enlightenment they follow. Finally, amidst the Pine Islands of Matsushima, Gilbert finds the tranquility he’s been seeking. An oddly soothing book that can also be droll and surprising. Exquisitely translated by Jen Calleja, The Pine Islands was shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize in 2019. ( )
  icolford | Jun 7, 2024 |
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Gilbert Silvester, Privatdozent und Bartforscher im Rahmen eines universitären Drittmittelprojekts, steht unter Schock. Letzte Nacht hat er geträumt, dass seine Frau ihn betrügt. In einer absurden Kurzschlusshandlung verlässt er sie, steigt ins erstbeste Flugzeug und reist nach Japan, um Abstand zu gewinnen. Dort fallen ihm die Reisebeschreibungen des klassischen Dichters Bashō in die Hände, und plötzlich hat er ein Ziel: Wie die alten Wandermönche möchte auch er den Mond über den Kieferninseln sehen. Auf der traditionsreichen Pilgerroute könnte er sich in der Betrachtung der Natur verlieren und seinen inneren Aufruhr hinter sich lassen. Aber noch vor dem Start trifft er auf den Studenten Yosa, der mit einer ganz anderen Reiselektüre unterwegs ist, dem Complete Manual of Suicide.
  ela82 | Mar 23, 2024 |
I don’t know how Poschmann did it but this novel captures with exquisite perfection the disorienting experience that living in Japan can be, for an attentive non-Japanese person who comes to Japan with no agenda and with some time to look around.

There is such an extreme level of discernment here in this novel...every scene nails it. I would guess most people who have not spent a lot of time in Japan—enough for instance to know about the deeply strange and almost obligatory love every Japanese person professes to feel about Matsushima—would feel like this book is exaggerated satire, when actually it just is the way Japan IS.

I’m kind of in awe and a little woozy from the experience of having just finished this excellent and very funny book, so maybe I will come back and try to be more coherent in my review in a few days. I lived in Japan for years and this novel hit me hard with a lovely nostalgia for a place I still love so its impossible for me to know how anyone else without this experience will react to it. ( )
  poingu | Feb 22, 2020 |
3-stars for now. Suspect rating may improve after I have pondered for a while. ( )
  LizzySiddal | Jan 14, 2020 |
Gilbert Silvester, un profesor universitario que investiga el imaginario de las barbas en la historia del cine, sueña una noche que su mujer le engaña. En un arrebato irracional, abandona su casa y se sube al primer avión disponible, rumbo a Japón. ¿Qué se le ha perdido a él, un cafetero empedernido y amante del pragmatismo occidental, en el país del té y del misterio? Poco tiempo tiene de pensar en ello, pues enseguida conoce a Yosa Tamagotchi, un estrafalario estudiante que, con su inseparable Manual completo del suicidiobajo el brazo, va en busca del lugar ideal para acabar con su insustancial vida. Incapaz de abandonarlo a su suerte, Gilbert decide acompañar a Yosa en su funesto peregrinaje, al tiempo que propone desdoblar el viaje y seguir la senda de los cuadernos de Bashô, el célebre poeta de haikus, para ver brillar la luna sobre los pinos de Mastushima.

Las islas de los pinos es una aventura luminosa y profundamente poética, salpicada de toques fantásticos y grotescos, sobre el fracaso, la deserción y el abandono de certezas.
  bibliotecayamaguchi | Oct 18, 2019 |
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Here is a short novel almost miraculous in its successful blending of potentially clashing tones. This may be one benefit of a writer growing up in their own language, and being translated only when they have achieved escape velocity. As a result Marion Poschmann, a multi-award-winning poet and novelist in her native Germany, now appears in English fully formed, translated by Jen Calleja, and has all the air of uncovered greatness: this month the book was longlisted for the Man Booker International prize.
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When Gilbert Silvester, a journeyman lecturer on beard fashions in film, awakes one day from a dream that his wife has cheated on him, he flees - immediately, irrationally, inexplicably - for Japan. In Tokyo he discovers the travel writings of the great Japanese poet Basho. Suddenly, from Gilbert's directionless crisis there emerges a purpose: a pilgrimage in the footsteps of the poet to see the moon rise over the pine islands of Matsushima. Falling into step with another pilgrim - a young Japanese student called Yosa, clutching a copy of The Complete Manual of Suicide - Gilbert travels with Yosa across Basho's disappearing Japan, one in search of his perfect ending and the other the new beginning that will give his life meaning. The Pine Islands is a serene, playful, profoundly moving story of the transformations we seek and the ones we find along the way.

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