The Stones Cry Out by Hikaru Okuizumi

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At the end of World War II, Tsuyoshi Manase returns to civilian life, runs a bookstore, marries, and has two sons. Despite his efforts to maintain an ordered existence and suppress a troubled conscience, his past as a solider insinuates itself in Manase’s life in this haunting tale of guilt, memory, and expiation. Winner of Japan’s prestigious Akutagawa Prize. Translated by James Westerhoven.
 

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Hikaru Okuizumi was born in Mikawa, Yamagata Prefecture, and attended high school in Saitama Prefecture, before studying Humanities at ICU in Tokyo. He completed a master's course at the same university, but dropped out midway through his doctoral course. In 1993, he won the Noma Literary Prize for New Writers for the novel, Novalis no Iny#333;, and the Akutagawa Prize for The Stones Cry Out the following year. The Stones Cry Out has been translated into a number of languages including English and French. Okuizumi started working at Kinki University in 1999, and continues to teach there.Hikaru Okuizumi, born 6 February 1956, is a Japanese novelist. His real name is Yasuhiro Okuizumi.
 
Published January 25, 1999 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 144 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, War, History, Romance. Fiction

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In this slowly paced, yet oddly absorbing, study of obsession and sublimation, Okuizumi moves skillfully between Manase’s present and past, relaxing the story’s tension only for an inexplicably extended account of his second son Takaaki’s estrangement from his father, career as a college soccer s...

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In addition to his recurrent nightmares of this war crime, Manase carries another legacy from the cave--the dying words of a Japanese geologist, who said, ""Even the most ordinary pebble has the history of this heavenly body we call earth written on it."" This Blakean pronouncement propels Manase...

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