The Pine Islands
LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER INTERNATIONAL PRIZE 2019
When Gilbert Silvester wakes one day from a dream that his wife has cheated on him, he flees - immediately, irrationally, inexplicably - for Japan.
In Tokyo he discovers the travel writings of the great Japanese poet Basho. Suddenly, from Gilbert's directionless crisis there emerges a purpose: a pilgrimage in the footsteps of the poet to see the moon rise over the pine islands of Matsushima.
Along the way he falls into step with another pilgrim: Yosa, a young Japanese student clutching a copy of The Complete Manual of Suicide. Together, Gilbert and Yosa travel across Basho's disappearing Japan, one in search of his perfect ending and the other a new beginning.
Serene, playful and profound, The Pine Islands is a story of the transformations we seek and the ones we find along the way.
SHORTLISTED FOR THE GERMAN BOOK PRIZE
WINNER OF THE BERLIN PRIZE FOR LITERATURE
Format/pages: hardback / 192 pages
Publisher: Serpent's Tail