The Guest Cat

(Author) (Translator)

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New Directions Publishing Corporation
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5.0 X 0.5 X 6.9 inches | 0.3 pounds
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About the Author

Takashi Hiraide was born in Moji, Kitakyushu in 1950. He has published numerous books of poetry as well as several books of genre-bending essays, including one on poetics and baseball. He currently lives in the west suburbs of Tokyo with a cat and his wife, the poet Michiyo Kawano.
Eric Selland is an American poet and translator living in Tokyo. He is the author of Object States (Theenk Books, 2018), Beethoven's Dream (Isobar Press, 2015), Arc Tangent (Isobar Press, 2013), Still Lifes (Hank's Original Loose Gravel Press, 2012), and The Condition of Music (Sink Press, 2000). His translation of The Guest Cat, a novel by Takashi Hiraide, was on the New York Times bestseller list in early 2014, and his translation of poems by Kiwao Nomura, The Day Laid Bare, was chosen as a Recommended Translation by The Poetry Book Society, UK, for their winter 2020 season. His most recently published book-length poetry translation is of Kusudama by Minoru Yoshioka (Isobar Press, 2021). Selland is co-editing an anthology of twentieth-century Japanese experimental poetry with poet and translator Sawako Nakayasu, which is scheduled to appear from New Directions Books in 2022. He makes his living as an independent translator of Japanese economic research reports.


What initially reads like free association turns out to be a near-microscopic record of emotion and phenomena.--Alan Gilbert
The best novels are often the ones that change us. Over time, they stay with us- like small miracles. Takashi Hiraide, the Japanese poet and novelist, blindsided me- he shows himself to be a poet of the highest grade. A rare treasure, beautiful and profound; whether you're a cat lover or not, don't pass this one up. ultimately, it's about what it means to love and to lose. Even dog lovers will relate.--Juan Vidal
A beautiful, ornate read, brimming with philosophical observation, humor and intelligence.
Hiraide's work really shines--Kenzaburo Oe
An unusually intimate, detailed and vivid picture of a place that is simultaneously private and open.--V.V. Ganeshananthan
It's clear there is a tradition of literary works centering on or featuring cats in modern Japanese, and we now have from New Directions a translation of a splendid addition to that list. (...) a work of subtleties revealed only with repeated readings. I recommend it unreservedly to the general reader.--Paul McCarthy
The little feline sets off a chain of disquisitions on nature, destiny, joy, pleasure, and sorrow--Nina Sankovitch
A wonderful tale about the desire to possess and the pain of absence. And such writing! Precise, delicate, enchanting.