18 Jan 2024
"Only Ms. Kashimada can create this kind of world."â€”Yoko Ogawa, author ofÂ The Memory Police (on Touring the Land of the Dead)A housewife finds herself haunted by visions of a mushroom cloud. She abruptly leaves her husband and son to travel alone to the city of Nagasaki, where she soon begins an affair with a young Russian-Japanese man.
Inspired by Marguerite Durasâ€™s screenplay for â€œHiroshima, Mon Amour,â€ this novel is an undeniable demonstration of Kashimadaâ€™s distinctive voice, the polish and precision of her literary style, and her dedication to plumbing the depths of her charactersâ€™ psychology. Thrilling and poised in equal measure, dealing with the travails of history, with gendered identity, and with the tension between private and public selves,Â Love at Six Thousand DegreesÂ is a literary highwire act by one of the most unique voices in contemporary Japanese fiction.