A True Novel (Paperback)
Wuthering Heights told through the lens of the traditional Japanese true novel, this story within stories touches the heart of class relations and unrequited love. You get all of the drama of Bronte’s characters without the need to hate them and such restrained poetry that it will haunt you long after you finish--after all, what is true?
-- Cari— From Cari K. Staff Picks
A remaking of Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights set in postwar Japan
A True Novel begins in New York in the 1960s, where we meet Taro, a relentlessly ambitious Japanese immigrant trying to make his fortune. Flashbacks and multilayered stories reveal his life: an impoverished upbringing as an orphan, his eventual rise to wealth and success--despite racial and class prejudice--and an obsession with a girl from an affluent family that has haunted him all his life. A True Novel then widens into an examination of Japan's westernization and the emergence of a middle class. The winner of Japan's prestigious Yomiuri Literature Prize, Mizumura has written a beautiful novel, with love at its core, that reveals, above all, the power of storytelling.
About the Author
Minae Mizumura is one of the most important novelists writing in Japan today. Born in Tokyo, she moved with her family to Long Island, New York, when she was twelve. She studied French literature at Yale College and Yale Graduate School. Her other novels to date are Zoku meian (Light and Darkness Continued), a sequel to the unfinished classic Light and Darkness by Natsume Soseki, and the autobiographical Shishosetsu (An "I" Novel from Left to Right). She lives in Tokyo. Juliet Carpenter studied Japanese literature at the University of Michigan and the Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies in Tokyo. Carpenter's translation of Kobo Abe's novel Secret Rendezvous won the 1980 Japan-United States Friendship Commission Prize for the Translation of Japanese Literature.