The Japanese Lover
2017 Longlist

The Japanese Lover

Translated from the original Spanish by Nick Caistor and Amanda Hopkinson
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ABOUT
THE BOOK

In 1939, as Poland falls under the shadow of the Nazis and the world goes to war, young Alma Belasco’s parents send her overseas to live with an aunt and uncle in their opulent San Francisco mansion. There she meets Ichimei Fukuda, the son of the family’s Japanese gardener, and between them a tender love blossoms, but following Pearl Harbor the two are cruelly pulled apart. Throughout their lifetimes, Alma and Ichimei reunite again and again, but theirs is a love they are forever forced to hide from the world.
Decades later, Alma is nearing the end of her long and eventful life. Irina Bazili, a care worker struggling to reconcile her own troubled past, meets the older woman and her grandson, Seth, at Lark House nursing home. As Irina and Seth forge a friendship, they become intrigued by a series of mysterious gifts and letters sent to Alma, and learn about Ichimei and this extraordinary secret passion that has endured for nearly seventy years.

ABOUT
THE AUTHOR Isabel
Allende

Born in Peru and raised in Chile, Isabel Allende is the author of a number of bestselling and critically acclaimed books, including The House of the Spirits, Daughter of Fortune, Paula, and My Invented Country. Her books have been translated into more than thirty-five languages and have sold more than 65 million copies worldwide. She lives in California.

Born in Peru and raised in Chile, Isabel Allende is the author of a number of bestselling and critically acclaimed books, including The House of the Spirits, Daughter of Fortune, Paula, and My Invented Country. Her books have been translated into more than thirty-five languages and have sold more than 65 million copies worldwide. She lives in California.

ABOUT
THE TRANSLATOR Amanda
Hopkinson

ABOUT
THE TRANSLATOR Nick
Caistor

Nick Caistor is a translator, journalist, and author of non-fiction books. He has translated some forty books from Spanish and Portuguese, including those by Paulo Coelho, Eduardo Mendoza, Juan Marsé, and Manuel Vázquez Montalbán, and has twice been awarded the Valle-Inclán prize for Spanish translation. He has presented and produced many programs on BBC Radio 4 and the BBC World Service and is a regular contributor to The Times Literary Supplement and The Guardian.

Nick Caistor is a translator, journalist, and author of non-fiction books. He has translated some forty books from Spanish and Portuguese, including those by Paulo Coelho, Eduardo Mendoza, Juan Marsé, and Manuel Vázquez Montalbán, and has twice been awarded the Valle-Inclán prize for Spanish translation. He has presented and produced many programs on BBC Radio 4 and the BBC World Service and is a regular contributor to The Times Literary Supplement and The Guardian.

NOMINATING LIBRARY COMMENTS

A wonderful love story which spans decades. Written with great attention to historical detail, and with empathy and understanding of her strong, complex characters, with major themes of ageing, loss, love and death.

Allende was awarded the Book of Gold by the Uruguayan Book Chamber, the Carl Sandburg Prize in 2013, the Hans Christian Anderson Prize for Literature in 2011, and the Chilean National Prize for Literature in 2010. Her work has been translated into German, French and Catalan.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Date published
02/06/2016
Country
Chile
Original Language
Spanish
Publisher
Scribner
Translator
Amanda Hopkinson, Nick Caistor
Translation
Translated from the original Spanish by Nick Caistor and Amanda Hopkinson

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