Toddler Hunting: And Other Stories

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About the Author
Born in Tokyo, Taeko Kono (1926-2015) was "one of the most significant feminist writers of postwar Japan" (Japan Times).
Lucy North is a Japanese translator and editor based in the southeast of England.
Kono's intimate descriptions of unhappy relationships are not only unexpectedly frank, but often genuinely shocking.
Reminiscent of Flannery O'Connor's works, Kono's stories explore the dark, terrifying side of human nature that manifests itself in antisocial behavior.
Kono's unsparing gaze penetrates the depths of human nature, and she sets forth what she finds there with absolute precision.--Shusaku Endo
Japanese master of the unsettling: Kono should be an electrifying discovery for English-speaking lovers of short fiction. Each story unburies something that feels both thrillingly specific and surprisingly contemporary.
Provocative and eerily moving in their confrontation of the terrifying and the taboo. Each of Kono's stories features characters confronting new ways to live with their own secret selves: a strikingly original and surprising collection.
I was not prepared for this unsettling and unforgettable collection. These stories left me shaken and in awe; they are incendiary, beautiful, and frightening confrontations of the lives we keep hidden from others. Taeko Kono fearlessly writes into the abyss, and there is no one like her.--Gabe Habash, author of Stephen Florida
Both the sadism and masochism here is very raw--but pain and pleasure mingle in ways that never cease to be surprising or poetic.--Thessaly La Force"4 Collections of Japanese Stories to Read This Fall" (11/08/2018)
Two currents are constantly crossing in the stories, the first depicting the polite forms of public interactions and the second pulsing with taboo fantasies and hallucinations. There are resonances here with Tanizaki, but Kono's subversions feel somehow scarier, in part because of her deadpan prose and in part because she strikes at sacred paradigms of motherhood and femininity.