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Banana Yoshimoto

Autor(a) de Kitchen

109+ Works 13,707 Membros 345 Críticas 73 Favorited

About the Author

Banana Yoshimoto, 1964 - Novelist Banana Yoshimoto was born Mahoko Yoshimoto on July 24, 1964 in Tokyo, Japan. She is the daughter of poet and commentator Yoshimoto Ryumei, who had an impact on the radical student movement of the late 1960's. She attended Tokyo's Nihon University, where she studied mostrar mais creative writing and won a faculty award for her 1987 graduation novel "Moonlight Shadow." While working as a waitress, she took moments out of her day to write a novel and, at the age of 24, the result was "Kitchen" (1988), which is the story of a lonely woman who moves her bed into the kitchen, finding comfort in the humming of the refrigerator. She also wrote "Pineapple Pudding" and "Fruit Basket," which were both bestsellers. Her novel "Lizard" was dedicated to the memory of the late rocker Kurt Cobain and the novel "Long Night of Marika/Bali Dream Diary" (1996) was considered a flop. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras por Banana Yoshimoto

Kitchen (1988) 4,782 exemplares
NP (1990) 1,341 exemplares
Asleep (1989) 1,251 exemplares
Goodbye Tsugumi (2002) 1,201 exemplares
Lizard (1995) 1,092 exemplares
Amrita (1994) 986 exemplares
Hardboiled and Hard Luck (2001) 647 exemplares
The Lake (2005) 522 exemplares
Moshi Moshi (2010) 233 exemplares
Sly (1996) 129 exemplares
L'abito di piume (2005) 116 exemplares
Presagio triste (1988) 109 exemplares
Dead-End Memories: Stories (2022) 106 exemplares
Il corpo sa tutto (2002) 99 exemplares
L'ultima amante di Hachiko (1998) 97 exemplares
Honeymoon (1997) 95 exemplares
The Premonition: A Novel (2023) 86 exemplares
Arcobaleno (2003) 79 exemplares
Ricordi di un vicolo cieco (2003) 78 exemplares
Il coperchio del mare (2007) 71 exemplares
La piccola ombra (2001) 61 exemplares
Delfini (2006) 47 exemplares
Chie-Chan E Io (Italian Edition) (2007) 46 exemplares
Un viaggio chiamato vita (2006) 43 exemplares
High & Dry. Primo amore (2004) 37 exemplares
A proposito di lei (2002) 28 exemplares
Argentine Hag (2002) 23 exemplares
Il giardino segreto. Il regno: 3 (2005) 23 exemplares
Moonlight Shadow (1986) 20 exemplares
Lebensgeister (2011) 18 exemplares
Andromeda Heights (2014) 15 exemplares
アムリタ〈上〉 (1994) 12 exemplares
アムリタ〈下〉 (1994) 12 exemplares
Il dolce domani (2020) 11 exemplares
Le sorelle Donguri (2010) 11 exemplares
Le strane storie di Fukiage (2022) 9 exemplares
Su un letto di fiori (2021) 9 exemplares
Another world: il Regno 4 (2017) 7 exemplares
ひな菊の人生 (2000) 6 exemplares
Newlywed (2005) 4 exemplares
パイナップルヘッド (1995) 4 exemplares
Banana Yoshimoto 4 exemplares
パイナップリン (1992) 4 exemplares
La casa dei fantasmi (2014) 4 exemplares
Kuhinja (Serbian Edition) (2015) 3 exemplares
哀しい予感 (1988) 2 exemplares
Moshi Moshi (2017) 2 exemplares
La voce del cuore 2 exemplares
Viaggiatori nella notte (2013) 2 exemplares
夢について (1994) 1 exemplar
Hard Luck 1 exemplar
B Kyū Banana 1 exemplar
האגם (2013) 1 exemplar
Eldhús 1 exemplar
すばらしい日々 (2013) 1 exemplar
HH 1 exemplar
Fruits basket : 対談集 (1990) 1 exemplar
どんぐり姉妹 (2010) 1 exemplar
1994 1 exemplar
Hồ 1 exemplar
Thằn Lằn 1 exemplar
Say ngủ 1 exemplar
Sueño profundo 1 exemplar
Un sogno gentile 1 exemplar
ひとかげ (2006) 1 exemplar
Ein seltsamer Ort 1 exemplar
まぼろしハワイ (2007) 1 exemplar
イルカ (文春文庫) (2008) 1 exemplar

Associated Works

The Penguin Book of Japanese Short Stories (2018) — Contribuidor — 349 exemplares
The Oxford Book of Japanese Short Stories (1997) — Contribuidor — 226 exemplares
The Penguin Book of International Women's Stories (1996) — Contribuidor — 113 exemplares
The Book of Tokyo: A City in Short Fiction (Reading the City) (2015) — Contribuidor — 86 exemplares
New Japanese Voices: The Best Contemporary Fiction from Japan (1991) — Contribuidor — 48 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum

Nome canónico
Yoshimoto, Banana
Nome legal
Yoshimoto, Mahoko
Data de nascimento
Local de nascimento
Bunkyo-ku, Tokio, Japan
Locais de residência
Tokio, Japan
Nihon University (Art College, Literature)
Yoshimoto, Takaaki (vader)
Prémios e menções honrosas
The 6th Kaien Newcomer Writers Prize (1987)
Umitsubame First Novel Prize



A trifle forgettable but nonetheless readable, Yoshimoto's two novellas are musings on the living dealing with death and the supernatural . The stories are not morbid however, they are light and thoughtful and a nice vehicle to entertaining ideas that are slightly far-fetched and otherworldly. I have also read Kitchen by Yoshimoto and even though I don't think Banana is the greatest novelist, I like her innocent and airy style and have enjoyed her offerings thus far!
Dzaowan | 9 outras críticas | Feb 15, 2024 |
It took me a while to get into this one, for whatever reason, but once I did I was completely immersed. Like many of Yoshimoto’s novels, this is about rebuilding your life after a loss. About mourning, and grief, and all that changes about your life and what you thought it would be. This one in particular is about Yocchan, who is living with her mother after losing her father (and her mother losing her husband) to a murder-suicide with his mistress. So there is a lot going on! The loss of a parent or spouse, the secret affair and what that meant to your relationship. Her mother redefining herself outside of the marriage.

And it’s Yoshimoto, so it is all soft, melancholy, almost underwater in a way. These aren’t characters who act out in big noisy ways. Things change, if slowly, until they realize they have ended up somewhere they never imagined.

The afterword about Yoshimoto losing her own father (after writing this book, but before it was through the publication process) makes it even more bitter sweet.

Yoshimoto talks about people criticizing her writing for being unrealistic, but I think this is just the sort of novel I would want to read after a major loss.

This book is also a love song to a neighborhood, the kind with lots of independent little restaurants and shops, where the people who work there also live there, that has its own distinct character even in the middle of a giant city.

A lovely read to start off the year!
… (mais)
greeniezona | 10 outras críticas | Feb 4, 2024 |
Finalmente mi sono decisa a leggere un altro romanzo di Yoshimoto, dopo l’enorme delusione di Moshi moshi: che sfiga, ai tempi, aver sfilato dallo scaffale della biblioteca quello che è uno dei suoi libri peggiori. Magari adesso non aspetterò dieci anni prima di leggere Kitchen.

Il dolce domani non è uno di quei romanzi inequivocabilmente belli, ma è uno di quei libri che mi sento di consigliare perché capace di fare bene all’anima. Avendo come il tema il lutto, potrebbe essere particolarmente indicato per affrontare quel genere di dolore, ma è così delicato e garbato che credo possa essere una lettura lenitiva in senso lato.

Infatti, Yoshimoto dichiara nella postfazione al romanzo di averlo scritto in seguito al terremoto del Tōhoku dell’11 marzo 2011, che, tra morti accertate e persone disperse, ha fatto più di 20.000 vittime. Il dolce domani non parla di quella catastrofe, ma vuole comunque essere un abbraccio affettuoso a chiunque sia rimastǝ dopo un evento luttuoso. E, secondo me, riesce molto bene a trasmettere quel calore umano.
… (mais)
lasiepedimore | Jan 17, 2024 |
"È così semplice, in fondo, l'uomo: non è solo di cibo che si nutre ogni giorno. Si nutre anche di atmosfere, di pensieri, di mille altre cose che gli assomigliano."

Non potevo iniziare l'anno con lettura più azzeccata.
Anshin | Jan 17, 2024 |



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