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Life of a Counterfeiter by Yasushi Inoue
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Life of a Counterfeiter by Yasushi Inoue
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Mar 10, 2015 | ISBN 9781782270027

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“Two graceful new translations [of The Hunting Gun and Life of a Counterfeiter] should help expand [Inoue’s] audience in English . . . These elegant new editions of Inoue’s work are in keeping with his masterfully understated prose.” — New York Times Book Review

“Inoue writes with remarkable clarity and disarming simplicity about feelings and concepts usually too intricate and ambiguous to pin down.” Kirkus Reviews

“The three powerful stories collected here were written by Inoue in the years following WWII, giving readers a nuanced glimpse of the postwar psyche… Inoue’s prose is simple without being austere, a perfect vehicle for these beautiful stories full of pathos for those lonely souls who live in the shadows. This haunting, elegiac trio makes clear Inoue’s position as a Japanese literary master.” — Publishers Weekly (STARRED review)

“The three Inoue titles (thus far) sport distinctive covers in saturated, solid colors on subtly textured stock, invitingly sized to fit both pockets and hands. Beyond impeccable aesthetics, the stories prove even more exceptional.” — American Book Review

The Hunting Gun and Life of a Counterfeiter complement each other nicely as a pair. Delicate and powerful on their own, taken together the two works form a haunting, sensitive meditation on memory as well as a wonderful introduction to a master sorely underappreciated in the West.” – Music and Literature

“Taut, probing style and Proustian preoccupation with memory were there from the beginning of his fiction career. . . . Inoue depicts in admirably straightforward prose the roiling waters of love, marriage, passion, and the effects of the passage of time on all three, as in his evocation of a match whose light has gone out. . . . Inoue’s characters always are slaves to their fates. It’s a testament to his poetic imagination that he compels us to follow them avidly as they slide forward through time, transforming as they go into creatures of memory.” – Jon Sobel, Blogcritics 

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