Friendship for Grown-Ups

Translation: Polly Barton


Nao-Cola Yamazaki’s book is a fictitious memory of coming out of adolescence and saying goodbye to early youth. It begins with a short story about the genealogy of Kandagawa, the protagonist of another story, suggesting an ontological chain from light, through amoeba and first ancestors, to grandparents and parents.

In The Untouchable Apartment, this evolutionary merry-go-round slows down the moment Kandagawa wakes up in her apartment, only to be called by Mano, her ex-fiancé. From there the story revolves around the relationship between the two; in the background there is a reflection on what our history obliges us to do.

The final story revolves around Yano, a well-known writer trying to sever her career and popularity from her relationship with Matsumoto, a musician and fan of her books. It turns out, however, that it is difficult to take off the mask of a public figure, Matsumoto refuses to see Yano as an ordinary person and not a writer.

Nao-Cola Yamazaki invites you to consider why it is so difficult to form relationships and build good memories in adult life. This is a short but interesting read, especially for fans of Japanese experimental prose.

Keshiki series is a collection of mini books featuring short stories and novellas. Keshiki (景色) means landscape or place, space. In the case of this series, you can think of the word keshiki as a landscape of different, unusual experiences or a space to discover a new relationship with the world. The series presents the texts of some of the most interesting Japanese writers. Its counterpart presenting writers from South Korea is Yeoyu series.

Czas oczekiwania: 4-5 weeks





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