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Once and Forever by Kenji Miyazawa
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Oct 02, 2018 | ISBN 9781681372600

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“Now, finally, we have been given a collection of Miyazawa’s stories…Like the tales of Andersen and the Grimms, many of the stories in Once and Forever may appeal to children: the sort of thoughtful, dark-minded children who like Neil Gaiman’s Coraline. But adults will be the primary audience for the shivers of disturbance these stories send up the spine….for readers who relish the disturbing material of fairy tale, the specificity and surprise of tanka, collisions of the everyday with the supernatural and glimpses of Japan right on the brink of industrialization, this English volume of Kenji Miyazawa’s odd, masterly stories will be a delight.” —Emily Barton, The New York Times Book Review

“I can’t say there’s a Miyazawa story for everything—the writer died young and lived nearly a century ago in rural northern Japan—but he had stories for many of our basic human vices, and for our basic forms of goodness, too. And this only scratches the surface of his work’s appeal. . . The stories have a timeless quality and a resemblance to fairy tales or children’s literature. . . Everything in Miyazawa’s work seethes with life. Each leaf, flower, blade of grass, and berry seems to have its own special action.” —Valerie Stivers, The Paris Review

“These tales turn familiar fairy-tale rhythms on their hands, balancing chaos and kindness, the natural and the supernatural, the unsettling and  the inspiring. It will be right at home in any library of short stories or modern folklore.” —Genevieve Valentine, NPR, “Best Books of 2018”

“Kenji Miyazawa fables are international-class.” —David Mitchell
“In the transcendent stories of Miyazawa, Earth teems with magic and wonder….While Miyazawa does not eschew the tropes of folktales—his forests teem with talking animals, magic stones, and moral lessons—this collection proves his poetic voice and craft transcend the genre.” —Publishers Weekly

“Miyazawa moves you to sorrow, to laugh, chuckle, marvel—he makes you live the things he describes.” —Hiroaki Sato

“A marvelous writer who deserves to be much better known in English.” —Kirkus

“Miyazawa seems to have been something of a genius.” —The Observer

“A humble and gifted writer.” —Time

“Miyazawa’s tales beg to be read and reread slowly and out loud.” —Asiaweek

“Readers who haven’t outgrown imaginative stories … will enjoy Miyazawa no less than Mark Twain, Lewis Carroll, Dickens and Dr. Seuss.” —Asahi Evening News

“The work of a truly good man and a great writer.” —Insight Japan

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