Shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize 2019

 

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. 

 

Publisher: Profile Books Ltd 
ISBN: 9781788160926 

The Pine Islands

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