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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) 3,220 exemplares
The Memory Police (1994) 2,141 exemplares
Revenge: Eleven Dark Tales (1998) 860 exemplares
The Diving Pool: Three Novellas (1991) 649 exemplares
Hotel Iris (1996) 565 exemplares
L'annulaire (1994) 94 exemplares
Le musée du silence (2000) 86 exemplares
Parfum de glace (1997) 73 exemplares
Schwimmen mit Elefanten: Roman (2009) 56 exemplares
La Marche de Mina (2006) 47 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) 32 exemplares
La grossesse (1900) 32 exemplares
La mer (2009) 30 exemplares
Les Lectures des otages (2012) 23 exemplares
Petits Oiseaux (2012) 19 exemplares
La Bénédiction inattendue (2004) 17 exemplares
Instantanés d'ambre (2018) 10 exemplares
Ice perfume (2000) 10 exemplares
Jeune fille à l'ouvrage (2016) 10 exemplares
Les abeilles (1991) 8 exemplares
Manuscrit zéro (2010) 8 exemplares
ボタンちゃん (2015) 3 exemplares
De tabte minders ø (2021) 2 exemplares
Mina's Matchbox: A Novel (2024) 2 exemplares
Venganza (2023) 2 exemplares
Yoko Ogawa - Oeuvres T2 (2014) 2 exemplares
Petites boîtes (2022) 2 exemplares
Kustunud mälestuste saar (2021) 2 exemplares
Podziemie pamięci 1 exemplar
妄想気分 (2011) 1 exemplar
妖精が舞い下りる夜 (1997) 1 exemplar
Begalinė lygtis: romanas (2020) 1 exemplar
Prstenjak (2014) 1 exemplar

Associated Works

The Penguin Book of Japanese Short Stories (2018) — Contribuidor — 356 exemplares
The Uncanny Reader: Stories from the Shadows (2015) — Contribuidor — 69 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]



This is a quiet book. Little happens. Things are set up - the valuable stack of old baseball cards, the possibility of an accident - but nothing happens with these possibilities. The housekeeper and her son come across as real characters, but there is something unbelievable about the professor - he is too much the poet to convince.
soylentgreen23 | 217 outras críticas | Apr 16, 2024 |
I'm not normally a fan of dystopian fiction, but I found this a powerful and unsettling read. Simply yet lyrically written , the writer - this is told in the first person - lives on an island in thrall to the Memory Police. Things comprehensively disappear: in the early days, simple things like roses, and the inhabitants soon lose any memories of the things that have vanished. Those unfortunate people who find they do not forget - and the writer's parents seem to have been among them - simply are removed by the Memory Police and never seen again. The 'writer' of this book is herself a novelist, and we are privy to her latest effort, involving a young typist whose story in some ways moves in parallel to the story the author is living through. She hides her editor in her house, because his memories do not fade, and he is therefore in danger... We never find out more about the Memory Police, or know to whom they are answerable. But we are left with a lot to think about - totalitarian regimes, life, death and the process of letting go and of dying. I'll go on thinking about his book.… (mais)
Margaret09 | 92 outras críticas | Apr 15, 2024 |
2.5 at best. Normally I love surrealism in literature and art, and the first half of this book was no exception, but by the end I was left with the same unanswered questions as the beginning, and ended up strongly disliking the narrator to boot. Though I understand there's supposed to be a deeper meaning symbolized by the surreal events happening on the island, I would've appreciated some hints on how the Memory Police came about, how the "disappearances" happen and are chosen... something! Instead, we just get a bunch of idle speculation. The time and setting are unclear, though the characters live similarly to how we do today, which gave me the impression that more details/worldbuilding were to follow. Grounding the story further might have driven its message home a little better, instead of the nebulous way it's delivered here.

Also, I was absolutely done with the main character when she risked everything for no reason by walking into the Memory Police headquarters (apparently without suffering any consequences though, so it's all excused I guess?) and somehow managed to ignore the repeated signs of an oncoming stroke in her friend the old man until the day he died of one (for context/contrast, she took the dog to the vet at the first sign of illness). I can understand unlikeable characters, but I cannot abide inconsistent or stupid ones, and the unnamed narrator of this book unfortunately happens to be both. In fact, she hardly qualifies as a main character for me because she takes a backseat in almost all the events that matter - she tells us what happens to her, what other people are doing (the old man does pretty much everything, for instance, when it comes to their rescue operation) carries on an icky affair with a married man she's hiding (contributing nothing whatsoever to the plot), and then just kind of fades away at the end. Good riddance, honestly.
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Myridia | 92 outras críticas | Jan 19, 2024 |
Se volete leggere qualcosa di inquietante, potete sempre contare su Yōko Ogawa. Ne L’anulare abbiamo una storia che ricorda vagamente quella del nostro Barbablù: abbiamo una donna che, nonostante tutti i campanelli di allarme che sente suonare – e noi con lei – continua a lavorare per lo strano e inquietante laboratorio del signor Deshimaru, che finisce per regalarle il paio di scarpe forse più terrificante della letteratura mondiale..

Sono delle belle scarpe, ma dall’aspetto assolutamente ordinario: voglio dire, non è che mordono non appena le infili. Ma Ogawa è molto abile nel fare di un accessorio così comune e così quotidiano un tramite per mostrare la capacità di annientare le donne che possono avere gli uomini con le loro esigenze e le loro richieste che non tengono conto delle libertà e dei bisogni altrui.

Fin dalla prima pagina di questo libriccino sentiamo montare un’inquietudine che quasi fa venire voglia di urlare tanta è la tensione che si finisce per accumulare. Meno male sono “solo” centotré pagine altrimenti mi prendeva un infarto.
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lasiepedimore | 7 outras críticas | Jan 17, 2024 |



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