When Gilbert Silvester wakes 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. Along the way he falls into step with another pilgrim: Yosa, a young Japanese student clutching a copy of The Complete Manual of Suicide. Together, Gilbert and Yosa travel across Basho's disappearing Japan, one in search of his perfect ending and the other a new beginning. Serene, playful and profound, The Pine Islands is a story of the transformations we seek and the ones we find along the way.
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Poschmann, Marion, 1969-
The pine islands / Marion Poschmann ; translated by Jen Calleja.
London : Serpent's Tail, 2019.
180 pages ; 21 cm.
First published in Germany in 2017 by Suhrkamp Verlag Berlin as Die Kieferninseln.
Translated from the German.
Matsuo, Bashō, 1644-1694--Fiction.
Pilgrims and pilgrimages--Japan--Fiction.
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