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by Au, Jessica, Published by : Giramondo Publishing, (Artarmon, NSW :) , 2022 Physical details: 98 pages ; 21 cm. ISBN:9781925818925 (paperback). List(s) this item appears in: Australian General Fiction
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"Inaugural winner of The novel prize."--Cover.

A novel about the relationship between life and art, and between language and the inner world - how difficult it is to speak truly, to know and be known by another, and how much power and friction lies in the unsaid, especially between a mother and daughter. This is an elegant and subtle exploration of the mysteries of our relationships to others. A mother and daughter travel from abroad to meet in Tokyo: they walk along the canals through the autumn evenings, escape the typhoon rains, share meals in small cafes and restaurants, and visit galleries to see some of the city's most radical modern art. All the while, they talk: about the weather, horoscopes, clothes, and objects, about family, distance, and memory. But uncertainties abound. Who is really speaking here is it only the daughter? And what is the real reason behind this elliptical, perhaps even spectral journey? At once a careful reckoning and an elegy, this text questions whether any of us speak a common language, which dimensions can contain love, and what claim we have to truly know another's inner world.

Inaugural winner of The Novel Prize.

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