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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 näytä lisää 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) näytä vähemmän
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Tekijän teokset

Kitchen (1988) 4,894 kappaletta, 128 arvostelua
N.P. (1990) 1,361 kappaletta, 28 arvostelua
Asleep (1989) 1,275 kappaletta, 21 arvostelua
Goodbye Tsugumi (2002) 1,224 kappaletta, 30 arvostelua
Lizard (1995) 1,115 kappaletta, 21 arvostelua
Amrita (1994) 1,009 kappaletta, 13 arvostelua
Hardboiled and Hard Luck (2001) 657 kappaletta, 10 arvostelua
The Lake (2005) 527 kappaletta, 32 arvostelua
Moshi Moshi (2010) 243 kappaletta, 11 arvostelua
Sly (1996) 130 kappaletta, 3 arvostelua
Dead-End Memories: Stories (2022) 123 kappaletta, 3 arvostelua
The Premonition: A Novel (2023) 122 kappaletta, 2 arvostelua
L'abito di piume (2005) 118 kappaletta, 2 arvostelua
Presagio triste (1988) 110 kappaletta, 5 arvostelua
Il corpo sa tutto (2002) 102 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
L'ultima amante di Hachiko (1998) 99 kappaletta, 3 arvostelua
Honeymoon (1997) 95 kappaletta
Arcobaleno (2003) 83 kappaletta, 3 arvostelua
Ricordi di un vicolo cieco (2003) 77 kappaletta, 3 arvostelua
Il coperchio del mare (2007) 74 kappaletta, 4 arvostelua
La piccola ombra (2001) 62 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Chie-Chan E Io (Italian Edition) (2007) 50 kappaletta, 2 arvostelua
Delfini (2006) 49 kappaletta, 4 arvostelua
Un viaggio chiamato vita (2006) 45 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
High & Dry. Primo amore (2004) 41 kappaletta, 2 arvostelua
A proposito di lei (2002) 29 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Il giardino segreto. Il regno: 3 (2005) 25 kappaletta
Argentine Hag (2002) 24 kappaletta
Moonlight Shadow (1986) 22 kappaletta, 3 arvostelua
Lebensgeister (2011) 18 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Andromeda Heights (2014) 15 kappaletta
Il dolce domani (2020) 13 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Le sorelle Donguri (2010) 13 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
アムリタ〈下〉 (1994) 12 kappaletta
アムリタ〈上〉 (1994) 12 kappaletta
Le strane storie di Fukiage (2022) 11 kappaletta
Su un letto di fiori (2021) 10 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
La luce che c'è dentro le persone (2010) 7 kappaletta, 2 arvostelua
Another world: il Regno 4 (2017) 7 kappaletta
ひな菊の人生 (2000) 6 kappaletta
Che significa diventare adulti? (2024) 5 kappaletta
パイナップリン (1992) 4 kappaletta
La casa dei fantasmi (2014) 4 kappaletta
パイナップルヘッド (1995) 4 kappaletta
Banana Yoshimoto 4 kappaletta
Newlywed (2005) 4 kappaletta
Kuhinja (Serbian Edition) (2015) 3 kappaletta
Viaggiatori nella notte (2013) 2 kappaletta
Moshi Moshi (2017) 2 kappaletta
哀しい予感 (1988) 2 kappaletta
The Premonition 2 kappaletta
La voce del cuore 2 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
B Kyū Banana 1 kappale
האגם (2013) 1 kappale
夢について (1994) 1 kappale
Hard Luck 1 kappale
Fruits basket : 対談集 (1990) 1 kappale
HH 1 kappale, 1 arvostelu
すばらしい日々 (2013) 1 kappale
イルカ (文春文庫) (2008) 1 kappale
どんぐり姉妹 (2010) 1 kappale, 1 arvostelu
Un sogno gentile 1 kappale
Vĩnh biệt Tugumi 1 kappale, 1 arvostelu
Thằn Lằn 1 kappale
Say ngủ 1 kappale
Sueño profundo 1 kappale
1994 1 kappale
ひとかげ (2006) 1 kappale
まぼろしハワイ (2007) 1 kappale
Eldhús 1 kappale
Hồ 1 kappale, 1 arvostelu

Associated Works

The Penguin Book of Japanese Short Stories (2018) — Avustaja — 375 kappaletta, 2 arvostelua
The Art of the Story: An International Anthology of Contemporary Short Stories (1999) — Avustaja — 352 kappaletta, 6 arvostelua
The Oxford Book of Japanese Short Stories (1997) — Avustaja — 231 kappaletta, 4 arvostelua
The Penguin Book of International Women's Stories (1996) — Avustaja — 115 kappaletta
The Book of Tokyo: A City in Short Fiction (Reading the City) (2015) — Avustaja — 93 kappaletta, 2 arvostelua
Freedom: Stories Celebrating the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (2009) — Avustaja — 73 kappaletta, 2 arvostelua

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I can’t comment on the writing style as it’s translated.
But the story - dude - what was that?
I know it’s not ACTUALLY incest but it feels like incest bro. And then teacher and underage student relationship too?? Nah.
The narrative and plot was also weird.
Not for me.
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spiritedstardust | 1 muu arvostelu | Jun 1, 2024 |
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 | 127 muuta kirja-arvostelua | 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.
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quickmind | 20 muuta kirja-arvostelua | 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.… (lisätietoja)
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Sucharita1986 | 127 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Mar 20, 2024 |



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