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Winter Sleep by Kenzo Kitakata
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it was amazing
bookshelves: japan, crime-and-such, art

I'm quite enamoured with Kitakata's writing. I don't know how much was due to Mark Shilling's translation, but this novel shows a side of Kitakata I was only vaguely aware of. That is, Kitakata dispensed with the tropes of a yakuza crime drama, which is his forte, and instead wrote a psychological, literary thriller that explores the nature of art, the role of the artist, mid-life crises, the search for beauty, the search for truth, the extent that anyone can be taught to paint, or to see, manipulation, loyalty, and gosh, I could go on. What we have here is a philosophical treatise on art disguised as fiction. If you read this and don't want to stretch a canvas and start slinging paint, I can only pity you.

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Reading Progress

November 29, 2018 – Shelved
November 29, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
December 24, 2018 – Started Reading
December 24, 2018 – Shelved as: japan
December 24, 2018 – Shelved as: crime-and-such
December 24, 2018 – Shelved as: art
December 24, 2018 – Finished Reading

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