Michael Emmerich

Michael Emmerich

Michael Emmerich is an associate professor in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of California. He is the author of “The Tale of Genji: Translation, Canonization, and World Literature and the translator of numbers books from the Japanese.

Dandelions

Fiction by Yasunari Kawabata

Translated from the Japanese by Michael Emmerich

A fascinating discovery, Dandelions is Kawabata’s final novel, left incomplete when he committed suicide in 1972. Beautifully spare and deeply strange, Dandelions explores love and madness and consists almost entirely conversations between a woman identified only as Ineko’s mother, and Kuno, a young man who loves Ineko and wants to marry her. The two have left Ineko at the Ikuta Clinic, a mental hospital, which she has entered for treatment of somagnosia, a condition that might be called “seizures of body blindness.…
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