Deliciously sad

This is a quote from the book The Emissary by Yōko Tawada, translated by Margaret Mitsutani.

Quote by Yōko Tawada, “Wallowing in self-pity had felt sweet, warm, and deliciously sad.”

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If you’re interested, you can read an excerpt from the book here.

The Emissary – Summary

Here is the book summary:

Japan, after suffering from a massive irreparable disaster, cuts itself off from the world. Children are so weak they can barely stand or walk: the only people with any get-go are the elderly. Mumei lives with his grandfather Yoshiro, who worries about him constantly. They carry on a day-to-day routine in what could be viewed as a post-Fukushima time, with all the children born ancient—frail and gray-haired, yet incredibly compassionate and wise. Mumei may be enfeebled and feverish, but he is a beacon of hope, full of wit and free of self-pity and pessimism. Yoshiro concentrates on nourishing Mumei, a strangely wonderful boy who offers “the beauty of the time that is yet to come.”

A delightful, irrepressibly funny book, The Emissary is filled with light. Yoko Tawada, deftly turning inside-out “the curse,” defies gravity and creates a playful joyous novel out of a dystopian one, with a legerdemain uniquely her own.

Copyright © 2014 by Yōko Tawada.

Translated by: Margaret Mitsutani

You can find more details here on Goodreads and on StoryGraph.

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