Spring Garden

Tomoka Shibasaki (Author) Polly Barton (Translator)
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Product Details

Pushkin Press
Publish Date
November 07, 2017
5.1 X 0.4 X 7.8 inches | 0.3 pounds
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About the Author

Tomoka Shibasaki was born in 1973 in Osaka and began writing fiction while still in high school. After graduating from university, she took an office job but continued writing, and was shortlisted for the Bungei Prize in 1998. Her first book, A Day on the Planet, was turned into a hit movie, and Spring Garden won the prestigious Akutagawa Prize in 2014.


"Like a good meditation: quiet, surprising and deeply satisfying." -- New York Times Book Review

"Atmospheric, meditative story of memory and loss in a gentrifying Tokyo neighborhood. . . An elegant story that is in many ways more reminiscent of Mishima and Akutagawa than many contemporary Japanese writers." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Spring Garden by Tomoka Shibasaki looks at loneliness and loss with uncommon detail and understated force. . . Shibasaki's minimalist language comes across with poetic sensibility. Every word matters in this unflinching and quietly powerful novella. . . a brief, exquisitely crafted story of human connection in a contemporary, alienating society." -- Shelf Awareness for Readers (Starred Review)

"Measured, understated and poetic at the right moments...making the novel difficult to put down." -- Japan Society Journal (UK)

A "delicate, intimate novella." -- The Lady magazine