Outside Tokyo, a tuberculosis sanatorium in the village of K has a six-bed ward that the narrator, an aspiring poet, shares with a student of linguistics and budding writer named Shiomi. After the stubborn Shiomi insists on undergoing a dangerous surgical procedure and dies in the process, two notebooks turn up in his bed-sheets. Flowers of Grass unfolds as the narrator reads them, asking himself if Shiomi’s death was a sort of suicide, and learning the details of his late friend’s two great loves: for a brother and sister, both of whom reject him.
|japanese title:||Kusa no hana|
|notes:||Japanese title: Kusa no hana. Afterword by Royall Tyler.|
|publisher:||Dalkey Archive Press|
|publication place:||Champaign, IL|
|english publication date:||2012|
|description:||225 p. ; 21 cm.|