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Kasumi è nata e cresciuta nell'Hokkaido, ma fugge ben presto a Tokyo, dove sogna di realizzare una vita libera e diversa da quella monotona e squallida dei suoi genitori. Sposatasi con un tipografo mite e serio, Kasumi cerca una via di fuga nelle braccia di un cliente del marito con il quale inizierà una relazione segreta e appassionata, che indurrà l'uomo a comprare una c ...more
Paperback, Le tavole d'Oro, 510 pages
Published July 1st 2004 by Neri Pozza (first published 1999)
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I recommend this book because it's an original detective story: the reader knows the facts through the different characters's points of views, thanks to which unfolds the range of assumptions about the central point, Yuka's disappearance. The reader, like a detective, is brought to form his own opinion on the facts: nothing is directly revealed.
The book also goes into depht in human relations.
I really like it!
Another compelling thriller from Kirino, who carefully dissects the human mind, uncovering all the dreams and darkness that lay inside. This time the protagonist is Kasumi, a strong-minded yet fragile woman who has to deal with her guilt and atonement after her eldest daughter goes missing.
An excellent psychological study with a haunting ending that will keep you thinking.

Complete review on my blog, Asia in Literature
kirino's mysteries, set in japan, are always elegantly and bloodily creepy in a deep way. and so i read them with great pleasure. this was not my favorite, i like out and grotesque better, but still utterly fascinating study of the life of teens pressured to be perfect and brilliant and how squeezed out of humanity they become...
Francesco Galdieri
Un viaggio lungo quattro anni alla ricerca di una bimba perduta.
Un viaggio lungo quattro anni alla ricerca di se stessi.

Forse non è più importante cosa sia successo alla piccola Yuka, quando le speranze sono così flebili. Ma bisogna crederci fino in fondo.
Kasumi lo fa per se stessa, aggrappandosi con tutta la sua forza a quelle speranze.
E, grazie al suo viaggio, la conosciamo fin nel profondo: i suoi sentimenti, le sue emozioni che traspaiono attraverso i suoi gesti e le sue espressioni. Diventa
This book is in French, I think I'll wait for the English version.
Kasumi era fuggita dall’Hokkaido, da un luogo in cui oltre al mare e alle pietre di sabbia non vi era altro per lei. Era giunta a Tokio per abbracciare una vita differente da quella a cui era destinata. Lì conobbe Michihiro, titolare di una tipografia, e lo sposò.
Un’attrazione particolare la legava a Ishiyama, uno dei clienti della tipografia, e inevitabilmente divennero amanti. Si incontravano presso love hotel rubandosi attimi di vita, ma Ishiyama decise di comprare uno chalet nell’Hokkaido,
Каждая страница пропитана тоской. Книга больше о внутреннем, чем о внешнем.
Beautifully written.
A very touching story.
I'm so sorry about Yuka and her mother.
Natsuo Kirino has the courage to write the saddest stories ever in a very special way that keeps you reading what she writes.
Interesting and thrilling story! Again and as allways Kirino-san knows how to scary readers! Who have read her books before, prepare for new characters, trategy and of course crime. Enjoy!)
Masterpiece! This is a book about mono no aware, but... not boring! Just beautiful and very sensitive. How people can keep living in the past and how everything slowly disappears and fades.
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NATSUO KIRINO, born in 1951 in Kanazawa (Ishikawa Prefecture) was an active and spirited child brought up between her two brothers, one being six years older and the other five years younger than her. Kirino's father, being an architect, took the family to many cities, and Kirino spent her youth in Sendai, Sapporo, and finally settled in Tokyo when she was fourteen, which is where she has been res ...more
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