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Trinity, Trinity, Trinity: A Novel (edition 2022)

by Erika Kobayashi (Author), Brian Bergstrom (Translator)

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"Delicately weaves generations of women to the lasting wounds of nuclear destruction and the hubris of war. A unique and unforgettable novel." --Kali Fajardo-Anstine, author of Woman of Light A literary thriller about the effects of nuclear power on the mind, body, and recorded history of three generations of Japanese women. Nine years after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster, Japan is preparing for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. An unnamed narrator wakes up in a cold, sterile room, unable to recall her past. Across the country, the elderly begin to hear voices emanating from black stones, compelling them to behave in strange and unpredictable ways. The voices are a symptom of a disease called "Trinity." As details about the disease come to light, we encounter a thread of linked histories--Prometheus stealing fire from the gods, the discovery of radiation, the nuclear arms race, the subsequent birth of nuclear energy, and the disaster in Fukushima. The thread linking these events begins to unravel in the lead-up to a terrorist attack at the Japan National Olympic Stadium.    A work of speculative fiction reckoning with the consequences of the past and continued effects of nuclear power, Trinity, Trinity, Trinity follows the lives of three generations of women as they grapple with the legacy of mankind's quest for light and power.… (more)
Member:Aug3Zimm
Title:Trinity, Trinity, Trinity: A Novel
Authors:Erika Kobayashi (Author)
Other authors:Brian Bergstrom (Translator)
Info:Astra House (2022), 223 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:****1/2
Tags:read, japan, fiction, radiation, olympics, magical realism

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TRINITY, TRINITY, TRINITY by Erika Kobayashi

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    Aug3Zimm: Both have a dream-like narrative that is somewhat confusing but also creates an interesting feeling while reading
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A hypnotically confusing book that I really loved experiencing though really didn't fully understand. Loved how it was written and the translation was great (aside from some improper crafting transitions which irked me but ultimately I get is due of the specificity required in English compared to Japanese). I loved the patterns and the mirroring and repetition. It gave the book a very dream-like quality which is one of my favorite things when it comes to trippy books. It was short (and expensive for so short a book but the closest library that had it was three states away...) but it was really best read at a slow pace, a bit like absorbing poetry, so at least it took me longer than an hour to read it. Would read this author (and this translator) again! ( )
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"Delicately weaves generations of women to the lasting wounds of nuclear destruction and the hubris of war. A unique and unforgettable novel." --Kali Fajardo-Anstine, author of Woman of Light A literary thriller about the effects of nuclear power on the mind, body, and recorded history of three generations of Japanese women. Nine years after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster, Japan is preparing for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. An unnamed narrator wakes up in a cold, sterile room, unable to recall her past. Across the country, the elderly begin to hear voices emanating from black stones, compelling them to behave in strange and unpredictable ways. The voices are a symptom of a disease called "Trinity." As details about the disease come to light, we encounter a thread of linked histories--Prometheus stealing fire from the gods, the discovery of radiation, the nuclear arms race, the subsequent birth of nuclear energy, and the disaster in Fukushima. The thread linking these events begins to unravel in the lead-up to a terrorist attack at the Japan National Olympic Stadium.    A work of speculative fiction reckoning with the consequences of the past and continued effects of nuclear power, Trinity, Trinity, Trinity follows the lives of three generations of women as they grapple with the legacy of mankind's quest for light and power.

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