The Navidad Incident: The Downfall of Matías Guili

The Navidad Incident: The Downfall of Matías Guili

by Natsuki Ikezawa
     
 

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A modern classic of Japanese magical realism and political satire.

In this sweeping magical-realist epic set in the fictional south sea island Republic of Navidad, Ikezawa gives his imagination free rein to reinvent the myths of the twentieth century Japan. The story takes off as a delegation of Japanese war veterans pays an official visit to the ex-World

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A modern classic of Japanese magical realism and political satire.

In this sweeping magical-realist epic set in the fictional south sea island Republic of Navidad, Ikezawa gives his imagination free rein to reinvent the myths of the twentieth century Japan. The story takes off as a delegation of Japanese war veterans pays an official visit to the ex-World War II colony, only to see the Japanese flag burst into flames. The following day, the tour bus, and its passengers, simply vanish. The locals exchanges absurd rumors—the bus was last seen attending Catholic mass, the bus must have skipped across the lagoon—but the president suspects a covert guerrilla organization is trying to undermine his connections with Japan. Can the real answers to the mystery be found, or will the president have to be content with the surreal answers?

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Publishers Weekly
In the fictional island nation of Navidad, formerly a Japanese occupied territory, a bus containing a Japanese delegation vanishes without a trace, causing a diplomatic imbroglio. President Matías Guili, the dictator of Navidad, favors the Japanese way of life and looks to Japan for inspiration. The people of Navidad are rather less friendly, however—many of them remember the Japanese occupation and are worried about the Japanese proposal to anchor oil tankers over the island's coral reef. As Guili bumbles through his days, visiting his girlfriend's brothel, flattering Japanese diplomats, and taking long baths, a conspiracy forms against him from the mystical Navidad island of Melchor. Despite ghosts, mysterious disappearances, and magical priestesses, the book is as much a leisurely commentary on post-colonial dictatorships as it is a work of magical realism. Readers are treated to rambling digressions on topics like the importance of buses in Navidadian life or Guili's past history and love life. Still, Ikezawa's newest (after A Burden of Flowers) has its own strange, meandering charm, giving readers a glimpse into the legacy of colonization from a Japanese perspective. (Mar. 20)

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ISBN-13:
9781421542225
Publisher:
Haikasoru
Publication date:
03/20/2012
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
350
Product dimensions:
6.32(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.18(d)

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