Posted by: koolwine | February 8, 2015

Return Trip: Japan (via Austria)

Sometimes one book per country isn’t enough. Now that I’m on the lookout for international authors, their books jump out at me and I can’t refuse them even if I’ve already covered their territory. I’ve sneaked these books in between my “official” reading. I thought I’d share them with you.

I Called Him Necktie • Ich nannte ihn Krawatte

by Milena Michiko Flašar • Translated by Sheila Dickie
Originally published in German in 2012 by Verlag Klaus Wagenbach
My edition: New Vessel Press, 2014 • 128 pgs
Genre: Fiction

I Called Him Necktie by Milena Michiko Flasar
Summary: Two lost souls—a young man who ventures out of his bedroom for the first time in two years, and a middle-aged man who fakes going to work because he can’t bear to tell his wife he’s been fired—gather enough courage from their budding friendship to re-enter their lives.

About the author: Flašar’s mother is Japanese and her father is Austrian. She lives and writes in Vienna.

World Lit Up Rating:book iconbook iconbook iconbook icon
(On a scale of 1-5, with 1 book = turned off and 5 books = lit up)
A touching story, elegantly told.

 

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