Hut of Fallen Persimmons
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Hut of Fallen Persimmons

Translated from the original Portuguese by Sarah Green
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ABOUT
THE BOOK

In a station of the metro in Rio de Janeiro, where both live, illustrator Haruki and artisan Celina meet by chance-and soon decide, however improbably, to travel together to Japan. Their shared destination: the famous Rakushisha, or Hut of Fallen Persimmons, where seventeenth-century haiku master Matsuo Bashō once stayed. Their trip to Kyoto provides a context for each to meditate on the past, their feelings for each other, and questions of cultural difference. Through a counterpoint of narration and text, the pair’s losses and struggles gradually unfold.

Bashō’s haiku brilliantly mold the novel’s structure. Bashō’s translator in Brazil, readers learn, is Haruki’s great unrequited love, and Celina’s sad eyes conceal a tragedy in her own life. In this exquisitely woven novel, meant to be cradled in both hands as the Japanese might hold a precious object, the characters’ every gesture, reflection, and self-revelation are manifest.

 

ABOUT
THE AUTHOR Adriana
Lisboa

Adriana Lisboa was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1970. She has published, among other books, the novels Symphony in White (winner of the José Saramago Award), Crow Blue (chosen a book of the year by The Independent) and Hut of Fallen Persimmons (winner of a Japan Foundation Fellowship). She has also published poetry collections, short stories, and books for children. Her poems and stories have appeared in Modern Poetry in Translation, Asymptote, Granta, and Revista Casa de las Américas, among others. Her books have been published in more than twenty countries.

Adriana has a MA in Brazilian Literature and a PhD in Comparative Literature from Rio de Janeiro State University. She was a visiting scholar at The International Research Center for Japanese Studies (Nichibunken) in Kyoto, and at the University of New Mexico, as well as writer in residence at the University of California Berkeley. She has taught at the University of Texas at Austin, at the Spanish and Portuguese Department. 

She has lived in France, New Zealand and the United States – where she currently resides, in Austin, Texas.

Adriana Lisboa was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1970. She has published, among other books, the novels Symphony in White (winner of the José Saramago Award), Crow Blue (chosen a book of the year by The Independent) and Hut of Fallen Persimmons (winner of a Japan Foundation Fellowship). She has also published poetry collections, short stories, and books for children. Her poems and stories have appeared in Modern Poetry in Translation, Asymptote, Granta, and Revista Casa de las Américas, among others. Her books have been published in more than twenty countries.

Adriana has a MA in Brazilian Literature and a PhD in Comparative Literature from Rio de Janeiro State University. She was a visiting scholar at The International Research Center for Japanese Studies (Nichibunken) in Kyoto, and at the University of New Mexico, as well as writer in residence at the University of California Berkeley. She has taught at the University of Texas at Austin, at the Spanish and Portuguese Department. 

She has lived in France, New Zealand and the United States – where she currently resides, in Austin, Texas.

ABOUT
THE TRANSLATOR Sarah
Green

She is a Spanish, Portuguese, and English translator, translation project manager, and language access enthusiast with over 9 years of experience in the translation industry, currently serving as the co-owner of Partners in Language Access (PILA).

She is a Spanish, Portuguese, and English translator, translation project manager, and language access enthusiast with over 9 years of experience in the translation industry, currently serving as the co-owner of Partners in Language Access (PILA).

NOMINATING LIBRARY COMMENTS

A touching narrative about two characters joined by chance by the poet Matsuo Basho, in a poetic novel where a voyage to Japan is also a metaphysical and an introspective journey to their pasts.

Adriana Lisboa presents us a moving story of loss written in the simplicity that reveals the elegance and beauty of her lyrical prose. Her novel intertwines present character lives with the Japanese poet Bashõ’s days in Saga, Kyoto. The result is as much poetic as a perfect haikai.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Date published
15/05/2011
Country
Brazil
Original Language
Portuguese
Publisher
Texas Tech University Press
Translator
Sarah Green
Translation
Translated from the original Portuguese by Sarah Green

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