TOKYO 1884: Sei has devoted his life to storytelling, captivating audiences with his tales. But now he is starting to wonder if the new world has left him behind. Just when he thinks he will never write again, his own life and the lives of the people around him begin to spiral out of control - providing the inspiration for the greatest story he has ever told.
A story of love, jealousy, intrigue, and betrayal. Set against the background of Japan's first incursions into Korea, Sei offers a wise and witty reflection on the nature of storytelling, its perils and delights, its lies and, ultimately, its truth.
- Publication Date:
- 01 / 09 / 2014
- 131 x 197 x 19mm
A wonderful stand-alone novel from the author of the fantastic Tales of the Otori. Sei. a renowned but aging and financially struggling storyteller, is trying to revive his career when he unwittingly becomes involved with a political conspiracy trying to raise support for an invasion of Korea. His life becomes even more complicated when his two youngest daughters leave their respective husbands and return home. Hearn's characters are fascinating, and the customs and politics of 19th century Tokyo stranger and more interesting than the created worlds of most fantasy novels. An utter delight: highly recommended. - Stephen (QBD)