The Bear and the Paving Stone

by Toshiyuki Horie


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Winner of the prestigious Akutagawa Prize, three dream-like tales of memory and war

Visiting a friend in the French countryside, a man finds himself cast into the quandaries of historical whim, religious identity, and seeing without sight; a walk along the seashore, upon the anniversary of a death, becomes a reverie on building sandcastles; and an innocent break-in at the ruins of an archbishop’s residence takes a turn towards disaster.

In three stories that prove the unavoidable connections of our past, Toshiyuki Horie creates a haunting world of dreams and memories where everyone ends up where they began – whether they want to or not.

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Weight 0.3 kg

Translated by Geraint Howells