Territory of light / Yuko Tsushima ; translated from the Japanese by Geraldine Harcourt.

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    • Publication Information:
      First American edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: "From one of the most significant contemporary Japanese writers, a haunting, dazzling novel of loss and rebirth"-- Provided by publisher.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: A young woman, left by her husband, starts a new life in a Tokyo apartment. Over the course of a year, as she struggles to bring up her two-year-old daughter alone, her new home is filled with light streaming through the windows, so bright she has to squint, but she finds herself plummeting deeper into darkness, becoming unstable, untethered. With the turning of the seasons, she must confront what she has lost and what she will become.
    • Content Notes:
      Territory of light -- The water's edge -- Sunday in the trees -- A dream of birds -- The sound of a voice -- The magic words -- The dunes -- Red lights -- The body -- The earth's surface -- Flames -- Corpuscules of light.
    • Notes:
      "Originally published in Japan in 1979 by Kodansha Ltd., Japan, as Hikari no Ryoubun. English translation rights arranged with the Estate of Yuko Tsushima through Japan UNI Agency, Inc., Tokyo. English translation originally published in 2018 by Penguin Books Ltd., Great Britain."
    • Other Titles:
      Hikari no ryōbun. English
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    • ABNT:
      TSUSHIMA, Y.; HARCOURT, G. Territory of light. [s. l.]: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2019. ISBN 9780374273217. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.638060. Acesso em: 17 jan. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Tsushima Y, Harcourt G. Territory of Light. Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 2019. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.638060. Accessed January 17, 2020.
    • APA:
      Tsushima, Y., & Harcourt, G. (2019). Territory of light. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.638060
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Tsushima, Yūko, and Geraldine Harcourt. 2019. Territory of Light. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.638060.
    • Harvard:
      Tsushima, Y. and Harcourt, G. (2019) Territory of light. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.638060 (Accessed: 17 January 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Tsushima, Y & Harcourt, G 2019, Territory of light, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, viewed 17 January 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Tsushima, Yūko, and Geraldine Harcourt. Territory of Light. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2019. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.638060.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Tsushima, Yūko, and Geraldine Harcourt. Territory of Light. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2019. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.638060.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Tsushima Y, Harcourt G. Territory of light [Internet]. Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 2019 [cited 2020 Jan 17]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.638060


PW Reviews 2018 November #1

A young woman confronts life as a single mother in this graceful, eye-opening novel from Tsushima (1937–2016), one of the most influential feminists in Japanese literature. An unnamed radio archivist rents a light-filled Tokyo apartment with her unnamed two-year-old daughter after separating from her husband, Fujino, a deadbeat film student. Over the course of a year, the mother readjusts her routines, tentatively attempts to kindle a romance with one of her husband's tutoring students, and, most challenging of all, transitions to single parenthood. She experiences nightmares about her daughter dying, then guilt that some part of her wishes it were so; she longs to have her "old life back," yet does everything she can to make her daughter feel "keenly alive." "Why were children the only ones who ever got to melt down?" she wonders. As the separation from her husband becomes a divorce, the mother begins to find her footing with the assistance of a friend who offers to babysit. But even once the mother has embarked on a spur-of-the-moment solo trip to the seaside, she can't forget her daughter and finds "the physical distance between us allowed me a pillowy kind of peace." Equal parts brutal and tender, Tsushima's portrait of the strains and joys of motherhood is captivating. (Feb.)

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