N.P.: A Novel

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Simon and Schuster, Mar 1, 1995 - Fiction - 194 pages
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Bananamania" has returned in an enchanting new novel of uncanny sulbtlety, style, magic, and mystery that Frank Ramirez of the South Bend Tribune declares is "every bit as good as Yoskimoto's first book ... perhaps better."

A celebrated Japanese writer has committed suicide, leaving behind a collection of stories written in English, N.P. But the book may never be published in his native Japan: each translator who takes up the ninety-eighth story chooses death too -- including Kazami Kano's boyfriend, Shoji. Haunted by Shoji's death, Kazami is inexorably drawn to three young people whose lives are intimately bound to the late writer and his work. Over the course of an astonishing summer, she will discover the truth behind the ninety-eighth story -- and she will come to believe that "everytking that had happened was shockingly beautiful enough to make you crazy.

 

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
6
Section 3
11
Section 4
28
Section 5
34
Section 6
43
Section 7
53
Section 8
64
Section 14
106
Section 15
111
Section 16
115
Section 17
122
Section 18
139
Section 19
144
Section 20
157
Section 21
164

Section 9
72
Section 10
78
Section 11
85
Section 12
93
Section 13
97
Section 22
174
Section 23
176
Section 24
193
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About the author (1995)

Banana Yoshimoto was born in 1964. She has won numerous prizes in her native Japan and her first book Kitchen has sold millions of copies worldwide. She lives in Tokyo. Kitchen is available from Washington Square Press.

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