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Flowers of grass

Translated by Royall Tyler

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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.
genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9781564787149
OCLC number: 812263072
publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
publication place: Champaign, IL
english publication date: 2012
document type: Book
description: 225 p. ; 21 cm.