We, the Children of Cats

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PM Press, Jul 1, 2012 - Fiction - 320 pages
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By turns teasing and terrifying, laconic and luminous, the stories in this anthology are drawn from sources as diverse as Borges, Nabokov, Garcia-Marquez, and traditional Japanese folklore, and yet they ultimately reside in a slyly subversive literary world that is all their own. Blending an uncompromising ethical vision with exuberant, free-wheeling imagery and bracing formal experimentation, the five short stories and three novellas included in We, the Children of Cats show the full range and force of Hoshino’s imagination. The stories include a man and woman who find their genders and sexualities brought radically into question when their bodies sprout new parts; a man who travels from Japan to Latin America in search of revolutionary purpose only to find much more than he bargained for; a journalist who investigates a poisoning at an elementary school and gets lost in an underworld of buried crimes, secret societies, and haunted forests; and two young killers, exiled from Japan, who find a new beginning as resistance fighters in Peru. An afterword by translator and editor Brian Bergstrom and a new preface by Hoshino himself is also included.
 

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Contents

The No Fathers Club 2006
16
Chino 2000
34
We the Children of Cats 2001
51
Air 2006
76
Novellas
92
Treason Diary 1998
153
A Milonga for the Melted Moon 1999
185
afterword
235
acknowledgments
266
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Tomoyuki Hoshino is the award-winning author of numerous books, including Fantasista, The Last Gasp, Lonely Hearts Killer, The Mermaids Sing, Open Your Eyes, and OreOre, which won the 2011 Kenzaburo Oe Award for Literature.

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