Nectar Fragments

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AuthorHouse, Jul 7, 2006 - Fiction - 564 pages
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The four stories of Part I vary in setting from Shinobazu Pond to 19th-century Germany, where Dostoevsky toils in despairing, poverty-stricken exile on Crime and Punishment. The  "Nectar Fragments" of Part II are linked short stories set in the fictional Montreal suburb of Nectar, where an aging recluse living like a prisoner in the house in which he grew up struggles to recast the story of Abraham and Isaac into modern form. Was Abraham  a saint, or a murderer? No one suspected the recluse himself had a son – who one day appears, seemingly out of nowhere...

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About the author (2006)

Michael Hoffman, born in Montreal, Canada, has lived in Japan most of his adult life. He is the author of  The Coat that Covers Him and Other Stories (2004), Withdrawal (2003) and The Empty Café (2001).  He and three other "old Japan hands" co-wrote the bestselling Tabloid Tokyo (Kodansha International, 2005), a collection of short pieces about some of the quirkier aspects of life in Japan.

His short fiction has appeared in various North American and Japanese magazines. As a freelance journalist he is a regular contributor of essays, book reviews and translations to Japan''s English-language media.

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