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Book Title: Amrita|
The author of the book: Banana Yoshimoto
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Edition: Grove Press
Date of issue: 1997
ISBN 13: 9780802115904
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The size of the: 919 KB
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In a few short years, Banana Yoshimoto has established herself as one of the best and most influential writers of modern Japanese fiction. Amrita, her latest novel, may be her most richly hued and sophisticated work yet.
Amrita opens with the death of a celebrated young actress in mysterious and shocking circumstances. She leaves behind an unconventional extended family that includes an older sister, a woman in her twenties through whose eyes the story unfolds; a kid brother who possesses mystical powers; and a fiance who is writing a novel with uncanny parallels to the story he is living. Caught between history and hope, these three survivors embark on a journey that take them through grief and suffering, memories lost and regained, forbidden romance, redemption, and recovery in a confrontation with the spirits of the dead on a remote island in the pacific, once the site of a fatal clash between Japanese and American forces.
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Read information about the authorBanana Yoshimoto (よしもと ばなな or 吉本 ばなな) is the pen name of Mahoko Yoshimoto (吉本 真秀子), a Japanese contemporary writer. She writes her name in hiragana. (See also 吉本芭娜娜 (Chinese).)
Along with having a famous father, poet Takaaki Yoshimoto, Banana's sister, Haruno Yoiko, is a well-known cartoonist in Japan. Growing up in a liberal family, she learned the value of independence from a young age.
She graduated from Nihon University's Art College, majoring in Literature. During that time, she took the pseudonym "Banana" after her love of banana flowers, a name she recognizes as both "cute" and "purposefully androgynous."
Despite her success, Yoshimoto remains a down-to-earth and obscure figure. Whenever she appears in public she eschews make-up and dresses simply. She keeps her personal life guarded, and reveals little about her certified Rolfing practitioner, Hiroyoshi Tahata and son (born in 2003). Instead, she talks about her writing. Each day she takes half an hour to write at her computer, and she says, "I tend to feel guilty because I write these stories almost for fun." She keeps an on-line journal for her English speaking fans at yoshimotobanana.com/diary.
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