Apparitions: Ghosts of Old Edo

Apparitions: Ghosts of Old Edo

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by Miyuki Miyabe
     
 

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In old Edo, the past was never forgotten. It lived alongside the present, in dark corners, and in the shadows. In these tales, award-winning author Miyuki Miyabe explores the ghosts of Japan, and the spaces of the living world they inhabit. Written with a journalistic eye and a fantasist’s heart Apparitions bring the restless dead, and those who encounter

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In old Edo, the past was never forgotten. It lived alongside the present, in dark corners, and in the shadows. In these tales, award-winning author Miyuki Miyabe explores the ghosts of Japan, and the spaces of the living world they inhabit. Written with a journalistic eye and a fantasist’s heart Apparitions bring the restless dead, and those who encounter them, to life.

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Publishers Weekly
01/27/2014
Miyabe's (All She Was Worth) collection of ghost stories is suffused with a palpable, memorable sense of time and place: 18th century lower Tokyo. Translated beautifully by Daniel Huddleston, the book retains a decorous, old sound while conveying the dingy creepiness of a night spent on a futon while unhappy spirits batter at the windows. Each of these eight long-form ghost stories are set in a prosaic workaday atmosphere, in which maids and seamstresses, wealthy young men, lovers and the elderly live alongside the Oni (ghosts) that haunt them. The ghosts in these stories are family members torn asunder, lovers betrayed, forsaken brothers—their presence is daily in the lives of the characters and their revenge is drawn out and deeply psychological. "The Futon Storeroom" is an especially gripping story of a young girl who goes to work for a family of sake wholesalers. Most of the action occurs in a battle between an evil spirit who eats human souls and possesses the leftover empty bodies and the ghost of the young girl's beloved older sister. Miyabe has thoroughly infused the eerie with the everyday in this collection; the dead are as much among the living as trees and rocks and eating utensils—snub them at your peril. (Nov.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781421567426
Publisher:
Haikasoru
Publication date:
11/19/2013
Series:
Apparitions Series
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
1,134,620
Product dimensions:
5.36(w) x 7.98(h) x 0.74(d)

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Meet the Author

Miyuki Miyabe's debut story, “Warera ga rinjin no hanzai” (Our neighbor’s crime), won a new writer award in 1987, and since that time, she has become one of Japan's most popular and best-selling authors. Miyabe's fantasy novel Brave Story won the Batchelder Award for best children's book in translation from the American Library Association in 2007. The Gate of Sorrows is an adult novel in the same universe as The Book of Heroes (Haikasoru, 2010). Her other works available in English include All She Was Worth, Cross Fire, The Sleeping Dragon, Apparitions, ICO: Castle in the Mist, and more.

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Apparitions: Ghosts of Old Edo 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Most of these short stories are fantastic reads, but a couple don't have satisfying endings. However I am excited to read more from this author!