Elemental: Earth Stories


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$16.95  $15.76
Two Lines Press
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5.9 X 6.9 X 0.8 inches | 0.65 pounds

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About the Author

Erika Kobayashi was born in 1978 in Tokyo, Japan. She creates works that are inspired by things invisible to the eye: time and history, family and memory, and the traces left in places. She was awarded the seventh Tekken Heterotopia Literary Prize in 2020 for her novel Trinity, Trinity, Trinity, and nominated for the twenty-seventh Mishima Yukio Award and the 151st Akutagawa Award for her novel Breakfast with Madame Curie. She currently lives and works in Tokyo.

Sarah Coolidge received her BA in comparative literature from Bard College. She enjoys reading books in Spanish and English, and she writes essays on photography and international literature.


"A fantastic and deeply philosophical addition to Two Lines' Calico series of collected works in translation." --Booklist

"Stone, earth, water, ice, wind, and burning heat. The stories here dig deep and unexpectedly into life's fundamentals--the elements and the passions--bringing into English, many for the first time, writers of stature from across the globe. A celebration of both storytelling and translation, Elemental is essential; a gift that opens up the pleasures of new worlds." --Hugh Raffles, author of The Book of Unconformities

Praise for the Calico Series

"Marvelous...a credit to the art of both poets and translators." --Cynthia Hogue, author of In June the Labyrinth and co-translator of Joan Darc, by Nathalie Quintane, on Home

"This remarkable anthology of Chinese speculative fiction offers seven tales of societal responsibility and individual freedom.... By turns cryptic and revealing, phantasmagorical and straightforward, these tales balance reality and fantasy on the edge of a knife."--Publishers Weekly, starred review of That We May Live

"With enthralling and precise language, this first book in Two Lines Press' Calico series of collected translated literature impresses...This collection of speculative Chinese fiction is compelling and provocative, exploring the thin line between reality and absurdity. " --Booklist, starred review of That We May Live