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Yoko Ogawa

Autor(a) de The Housekeeper and the Professor

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Obras por Yoko Ogawa

The Housekeeper and the Professor (2009) 3,262 exemplares
The Memory Police (1994) 2,209 exemplares
Revenge: Eleven Dark Tales (1998) 869 exemplares
The Diving Pool: Three Novellas (1991) 650 exemplares
Hotel Iris (1996) 569 exemplares
L'annulaire (1994) 95 exemplares
Le musée du silence (2000) 88 exemplares
Parfum de glace (1997) 73 exemplares
Schwimmen mit Elefanten: Roman (2009) 56 exemplares
La Marche de Mina (2006) 49 exemplares
Love in the Margin (1993) 39 exemplares
Una perfetta stanza di ospedale (2003) 39 exemplares
Les tendres plaintes (2004) 38 exemplares
Les Paupières (2001) 35 exemplares
La petite pièce hexagonale (2004) 34 exemplares
La grossesse (1900) 32 exemplares
La mer (2009) 31 exemplares
Les Lectures des otages (2012) 23 exemplares
Petits Oiseaux (2012) 19 exemplares
La Bénédiction inattendue (2004) 17 exemplares
Jeune fille à l'ouvrage (2016) 10 exemplares
Instantanés d'ambre (2018) 10 exemplares
Ice perfume (2000) 9 exemplares
Manuscrit zéro (2010) 8 exemplares
Les abeilles (1991) 8 exemplares
Mina's Matchbox: A Novel (2024) 6 exemplares
Petites boîtes (2022) 3 exemplares
ボタンちゃん (2015) 3 exemplares
Venganza (2023) 2 exemplares
De tabte minders ø (2021) 2 exemplares
Yoko Ogawa - Oeuvres T2 (2014) 2 exemplares
Kustunud mälestuste saar (2021) 2 exemplares
妄想気分 (2011) 1 exemplar
Prstenjak (2014) 1 exemplar
妖精が舞い下りる夜 (1997) 1 exemplar
Begalinė lygtis: romanas (2020) 1 exemplar
Podziemie pamięci 1 exemplar

Associated Works

The Penguin Book of Japanese Short Stories (2018) — Contribuidor — 366 exemplares
The Uncanny Reader: Stories from the Shadows (2015) — Contribuidor — 70 exemplares
Monkey Business: New Writing from Japan, Volume 01 (2011) — Contribuidor — 12 exemplares
Monkey Business: New Writing from Japan, Volume 07 (2017) — Contribuidor — 8 exemplares
Monkey Business: New Writing from Japan, Volume 06 (2016) — Contribuidor — 5 exemplares
すばる 2010年 04月号 [雑誌] (2010) — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar


Conhecimento Comum

Nome canónico
Ogawa, Yoko
Data de nascimento
Local de nascimento
Okayama, Japan
Locais de residência
Ashiya, Hyogo, Japan
Waseda University
Prémios e menções honrosas
Prix Kaien (1988)
Prix Akutagawa (1990)
Prix Yomiuri (2004)
Prix Izumi (2004)
Prix Tanizaki (2006)

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Yoko Ogawa's fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, A Public Space, and Zoetrope. Since 1988 she has published more than twenty works of fiction and nonfiction, and has won every major Japanese literary award. [retrieved 6/28/2016 from Amazon.com Author Page]



Best for:
Those who enjoy contemplative stories.

In a nutshell:
The main character of this book is a novelist whose name we never learn. She lives alone in a world where anything can disappear. But not for everyone.

Worth quoting:
The writing is the book is lovely, but I didn’t find myself underlining anything specific.

Why I chose it:
This was a birthday gift from friends.

I’m feeling a bit melancholy after reading this book, but I’m not sad, and I’m not disappointed that I read it. I love that not every book is meant to leave the reader feeling happy.

In the world of this book, things disappear. And not in a ‘oh no, Bob lost his laptop’ kind of way. Categories of items just disappear. First they start to disappear from memory, and then everyone takes what they have left of the items and disposes of them, never to be seen again. So, for example, apples. One day, people have apples, and apple trees, applesauce. But then apples disappear, and so all remaining apples just rot away, and people forget the word and what it represented. If they come across, say, an image of an apple, it will look like nothing they’ve seen before; just an abstract object.

But not everyone forgets, and that’s where the Memory Police come in. Their job is to interrogate anyone who appears to not be able to forget things that have disappeared, and if they do retain memories, they themselves are removed from the town.

The main character is a novelist, and the novel she is writing is interspersed throughout the book. Her mother was someone who could remember, and was taken away years ago. She hid items that had disappeared all over the house, showing them to the novelist when she was a child, even though the novelist had no memory and no point of reference to it. Her editor is also someone who can remember, and she is determined to protect him from the memory police. I think only one person in the book has a name that is shared with the reader; everyone else is known by their job, or perhaps an initial, or their demographics - her best friend is the old man.

What stands out most for me is how people can come to adjust to things that from the outside are just unacceptable. How, as more and more things disappear, the people of the town don’t question things (likely for fear of a visit from the Memory Police), and instead figure out ways to adapt and continue living their lives. Some might call it resilience, but it also seems like in this town people are just living with the ongoing drone of trauma and trying to make the best of it. It seems clear that these disappearances are not happening outside of the island, but we don’t hear of many people making attempts to escape. They seem to have accepted their fate, for the most part, and are just interested in living the lives they can.

What’s next for this book:
Keep, recommend to others.
… (mais)
ASKelmore | 94 outras críticas | Jun 2, 2024 |
il mare sollevava onde lunghe da profondità di piombo
LLonaVahine | 29 outras críticas | May 22, 2024 |
Such beautiful writing, even in translation! Seemingly prosaic but almost dreamlike at the same time.
Abcdarian | 220 outras críticas | May 18, 2024 |
I've had a horrid gastrointestinal bug for days now and so it has taken me four days to read a 180-page book. It was the nicest book to read while convalescing on my sofa with soft blankets and plenty of pillows and a cat in need of cuddles.

To begin with, this book is beautiful, sweet, and unusual. Never before have I read a book in which love expresses itself in mathematics. Through prime numbers, perfect numbers, Fermat's Last Theorem and Euler's formula, each calculates the bond between the professor and his housekeeper and her ten year old son. The professor, who loses his memory every eighty minutes, has only mathematics as a constant. The rules never change, unlike his life, which is a suspicious and fearsome place every time another eighty minutes passes and he must start again to learn about his surroundings.

One of the odd things about this book, and there are many, is that the characters don't have names. There is the housekeeper, her son whom the professor calls Root (because his head looks like a square root symbol), the professor, and the professor's sister-in-law, who is referred to as 'the widow'. The only named character is Yutaka Enatsu, considered by many to be the best pitcher in the history of Japanese baseball. Enatsu is the only person whom the professor's memory held onto after his accident and subsequent brain damage in 1976. It is imperative that the housekeeper and her son keep the professor from knowing that Enatsu no longer plays baseball, for fear of what the lack of this constant would do to him.

This book is about love, I think. It is not a romance; the professor becomes part of the housekeeper's family, or she becomes part of his. Through love and kindness this family is formed, through consideration and proximity and a fascination for pure mathematics, which the housekeeper soon finds fascinating and a way of sharing the professor's interests.

It is hard to describe how good this book is because I have nothing to compare it to. I've never met a book before that runs on mathematics and recurrent amnesia and household chores. If I'd known the book was so math-oriented I wouldn't have read it, so I'm very glad that the cover of the book didn't give any of that away.

'Peaceful' was the professor's highest compliment: he hated noise and crowds. This book has left me feeling peaceful, and has given me hope that I can find for myself a family now that the twists and turns of life have deprived me of my own.
… (mais)
ahef1963 | 220 outras críticas | May 8, 2024 |



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