On page two of Hiromi Kawakami’s The Briefcase, when narrator Tsukiko is explaining how her story begins and how she became. This week at Necessary Fiction I reviewed Hiromi Kawakami’s The Briefcase, which was published last spring by Counterpoint Press. I had a lot. Hiromi Kawakami’s The Briefcase (translated by Allison Markin Powell) is a brief but powerful novel about the development of a rather unusual.

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The rain had softened to a drizzle. I very much liked the way the story evolved, the gradual change in feelings, the reveal of sensei’s inner sadness, and tragic family situation In a sense, the ending with its bittersweet tone was a relief, even if it was clear from the get go that the world Tsukiko and sensei’s inhabited was a sort of temporary refuge, which could not possibly last for long.

I was completely absorbed, finishing the entire book in a single sitting. Un uomo e una donna si conoscono in un bar. Her first trip to a pachinko parlor has subtle and symbolic overtones, as both of the characters try to keep the other guessing so that neither takes the other for granted.

Does this book have a similar vibe to the film Lost in Translation?

The Briefcase by Hiromi Kawakami

I had been very grown-up in primary school. I’d personally find that way too big an age gap making a theoretical exception for Bruce Robinson but as regards those who use the word creepy about this aspect of the book, I roll my eyes and note that neither kawskami these characters is a clueless teenager or a senile millionaire, so it’s not as if one person is taking advantage.

You are commenting using your Facebook account. There is integrity and hitomi in their camaraderie despite immense age difference. She reinvented herself as a writer and wrote her first book, a collection of short stories entitled God Kamisama published in Tsukiko poikkeaa japanilaisesta naisesta.


Highly recommended for anyone fancying a quick albeit fascinating read. Tony asked us all to post at the end of the month thankfully my copy arrived yesterday ,so I managed to read it overnight.

Old age values are set against norms defined by younger generation which the former may not be entirely at ease with. This be a great on to choose I think it is overtly Japanese but is if that makes sense all the best stu. The writing was spectacular and I will definitely be reading the other book I have kawkami this author very soon!

The Briefcase by Hiromi Kawakami

So it’s somewhat curious that she slowly falls for a much older man, about thirty years older – one of her former school-teachers who’s a regular at the same bar – and who’s a bit of a stickler for proper, ladylike vocabulary; opposites attract evidently. On Detachment It was far too soon for me to have Sensei so capriciously endanger the comfortable distance that existed between us Sense of briefcasw which prevails throughout the novel is sometimes overshadowed by the portrayal of intense detachment despite enjoying close relationships.

Per la prima volta mi ha preso, con foga e vigore. In summer the nights. She is the Reviews Editor here at Necessary Fiction. Heather Jan 31, But to answer your question, they do have the same kind of tthe to love and evoke similar feelings.

In a couple of places the translation was a bit awkward, interrupting the flow of certain paragraphs.

Or sparse, haiku as opposed to Shakespeare. It was published in its native Japan as a serial so its chapters are hlromi and tend to tthe you wanting to read the next chapter.

The Amanita Muscaria mushrooms dangerous are from http: The action was the same on the tje we seem different cultures but as may to December showed it was all about the being together more than the sex and the way the relationship develop was so well done by Kawakami like a time elapse picture capture the relationship stage by stage. With the distinct feeling of the tatami weave on my cheek, I thought about the vague sense of discomfort I experienced when I kawakqmi with Kojima—it was faint yet inconsolable Tsukiko had lived the entirety of her young life alone and did not seek validation for her existence.


Each an experimental and incremental step in a casual relationship full of stops and starts. I purchased Strange Weather in Tokyo on my Kindle for a mere 99p, and for that reason I am glad that I read this book. Jul 14th, by mary. One night, she happens to meet one of her former high school teachers, “Sensei” in a local bar.

The Briefcase

You are commenting using your WordPress. Out of the characters in the limited number of Japanese novels I’ve read, Tsukiko is furthest from the traditional idea of a Japanese woman, though she doesn’t seem to have set out to reject it; she isn’t intellectual, she simply sees herself as not “old-fashioned”, and is a solitary person in a communal society.

Five bottles of sake later, however, she is seeing him somewhat differently. Kirja on surumielisen hieno ja rakkauden kehityskaaresta on aina ihana lukea.

Independent Foreign Fiction Prize longlist A feeling of nostalgia. Kaakami 5, other followers. It was whimsical to read, and I liked Tsukiko and Sensei’s unusual, somewhat stilted conversations.