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Record of a Night Too Brief

by Hiromi Kawakami

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"One morning, a woman treads on a snake. She comes home that evening and realises the snake has moved into her house and is saying she is her mother. So begins the story of a woman trying to live with a snake, with herself, or perhaps with something else all together. This volume includes the three stories Tread on a Snake, Missing, and Record of a Night Too Brief which together won the Akutagawa Prize in 1996. Filled with fantastically multicoloured images and unexplained collapses in time and place, these highly surreal, meticulously worked stories of longing and disappearance, love and loathing are the work of an enormously talented writer at the top of her game." -- Provided by publisher.… (more)

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Stories 2 and 3 ('Missing' and 'A Snake Stepped On') are fantastic. The magical (sur)realism is focused and restrained, the weirdness deployed gradually throughout the narratives to haunting and powerful effect.

Story 1 ('Record of a Night too Brief'), on the other hand, felt fragmented to the point of nonsense. The rapid-fire dream scenes are playful and disorienting, but lack the depth and mystery of the other 2. I'd start with those and come back to #1 as a bonus. ( )
  jimctierney | Jul 7, 2020 |
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