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- DescriptionThe best of the best from this year's bountiful harvest of uncommonly strong offerings ... Deeply original. -- O, The Oprah Magazine Milena Michiko Flasar's beautiful vel ... is a story about freedom and responsibility, and it results in an almost Sartrean meditation. -- Times Literary Supplement Exceptional ... In today's less-than-brave new world in which sincere human interaction is disappearing even as the numbers of so-called 'friends' are multiplying, Necktie is a piercing reminder to ackwledge, nurture, and share our humanity. -- Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center blog BookDragon The quiet reflection of this jewel of a vel is revelatory, redemptive and hyptic until the last word. -- Kirkus Reviews A spare, stunning, elegiac gem of a book. Milena Michiko Flasar writes with a poet's clarity of language and vision, probing deeply below the surfaces of familiar Japanese stereotypes ... to tell a compassionate and insightful story of dysfunction, despair and friendship. --Ruth Ozeki, author of A Tale for the Time Being Flasar's exquisite, finely wrought vel is both a prose poem and a parable about how we deflect, defer and disconnect from life, and what is needed before we can bravely embrace it again. -- Monique Truong, author of The Book of Salt and Bitter in the Mouth A tender, melancholy book of great linguistic beauty and clarity. A flawless vel. -- Suddeutsche Zeitung With high artistry . . . this seductive beauty is also strangely religious: the book treats life with an almost Buddhist serenity. -- Der Spiegel Twenty-year-old Taguchi Hiro has spent the last two years of his life living as a hikikomori--a shut-in who never leaves his room and has human interaction--in his parents' home in Tokyo. As Hiro tentatively decides to reenter the world, he spends his days observing life around him from a park bench. Gradually he makes friends with Ohara Tetsu, a middle-aged salaryman who has lost his job but can't bring himself to tell his wife, and shows up every day in a suit and tie to pass the time on a nearby bench. As Hiro and Tetsu cautiously open up to each other, they discover in their sadness a common bond. Regrets and disappointments, as well as hopes and dreams, come to the surface until both find the strength to somehow give a new start to their lives. This beautiful vel is moving, unforgettable, and full of surprises. The reader turns the last page feeling that a small triumph has occurred.Milena Michiko Flasar was born in 1980, the daughter of a Japanese mother and an Austrian father. She lives in Vienna. I Called Him Necktie won the 2012 Austrian Alpha Literature Prize.
- Author BiographyMilena Michiko Flasar was born in 1980, the daughter of a Japanese mother and an Austrian father. She lives in Vienna and has written three novels, including I Called Him Necktie, which won the 2012 Austrian Alpha Literature Prize. Sheila Dickie studied German and Drama at Bristol University and has taught German. She has translated a novel by Claude Michelet from French, and lives in Henley-on-Thames, England.
- Author(s)Milena Michiko Fla Ar,Milena Michiko Flasar
- PublisherNew Vessel Press
- Date of Publication09/09/2014
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectGeneral & Literary Fiction
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintNew Vessel Press
- Weight136 g
- Width132 mm
- Height201 mm
- Spine10 mm
- Translated bySheila Dickie
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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