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The Pine Islands

Poschmann, Marion, Calleja, Jen
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
Published: April 2, 2020
ISBN: 9781788160926
192 pages

£8.99

SHORTLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER INTERNATIONAL PRIZE 2019

When Gilbert wakes one day from a dream that his wife has cheated on him, he flees – immediately and inexplicably – for Tokyo, where he meets a fellow lost soul: Yosa, a young Japanese student clutching a copy of The Complete Manual of Suicide. Together, Gilbert and Yosa set off on a pilgrimage to see the pine islands of Matsushima, one looking for the perfect end to his life, the other for a fresh start. Playful and profound, The Pine Islands is a beautiful tale of friendship, transformation and acceptance in modern Japan.

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