Echo on the Bay

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Two Lines Press
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4.9 X 7.9 X 0.6 inches | 0.4 pounds

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About the Author

Masatsugu Ono is the author of numerous novels, including Mizu ni umoreru haka (The Water-Covered Grave), which won the Asahi Award for New Writers, and Nigiyakana wan ni seowareta fune (Echo on the Bay), which won the Mishima Prize. A prolific translator from the French--including works by Èdouard Glissant and Marie NDiaye--Ono received the Akutagawa Prize, Japan's highest literary honor, in 2015. He lives in Tokyo.

Angus Turvill was a winner of the grand prize in the Shizuoka International Translation Competition, and he has received John Dryden and Kurodahan translation awards. His translations include Masatsugu Ono's Lion Cross Point, also published by Two Lines Press, Tales from a Mountain Cave, by the great humorist and anti-militarist Hisashi Inoue, and Heaven's Wind, a bilingual collection of stories by some of Japan's finest contemporary women writers.


"Cross García Márquez and Simenon and set the piece on the Sea of Japan, and you'll have a feel for Ono's latest... Fans of Kenzaburo Oe's Death by Water and Haruki Murakami's 1Q84 will enjoy Ono's enigmatic story." --Kirkus (starred review)

"[A] slim, albeit mighty, narrative that begins comically wry and ends with shocking resonance...Understated, yet unforgettably stunning." --Booklist (starred review)

"[Ono] is a master storyteller...Echo on the Bay is a masterclass in defamiliarization and dislocation, in rendering reality, truly, powerfully bizarre." --The Japan Times

"Ono undercuts almost every expectation you may have...Echo on the Bay is an engrossing and, at times bizarre, novel, but its true power is that through all of the disorientation and dislocation, at the center of the story lie acutely familiar sins." --Asymptote

"Deliriously captivating...Ono suggests that any possible redemption must come from an acknowledgment of history." --Publishers Weekly

"A masterpiece, reverberating with waves of history and life. Echo on the Bay cuts to the heart of class, place, and nation like no other book I've read." --Kent Wascom, author of The New Inheritors

"An intimate, dark, and poetic portrait of a Japan that isn't part of mainstream society, Ono demands we look carefully at how people living in a small fishing village are affected by global events. Like an anthropologist, Masatsugu Ono demonstrates his encyclopedic knowledge of a world he loves and cares for. This powerful and lyrical novel should be read by everyone."--Xiaolu Guo, National Book Critics Circle award-winning author of Nine Continents: A Memoir In and Out of China

"Masatsugu Ono's work vibrates with the sounds of voices whose meaning has yet to be discovered."--Yoko Tawada, author of The Emissary

"Masatsugu Ono belongs in the first ranks of not just Japanese literature but world literature."--Akhil Sharma, author of Family Life