The Pine Islands by Marion Poschmann

Serene, playful and profound, The Pine Islands is a story of the transformations we seek and the ones we find along the way.


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When Gilbert Silvester wakes one day from a dream that his wife has cheated on him, he flees – immediately, irrationally, inexplicably – for Japan.

In Tokyo he discovers the travel writings of the great Japanese poet Basho. Suddenly, from Gilbert’s directionless crisis there emerges a purpose: a pilgrimage in the footsteps of the poet to see the moon rise over the pine islands of Matsushima.

Along the way he falls into step with another pilgrim: Yosa, a young Japanese student clutching a copy of The Complete Manual of Suicide. Together, Gilbert and Yosa travel across Basho’s disappearing Japan, one in search of his perfect ending and the other a new beginning.

The Pine Islands was longlisted for the Man Booker International Prize 2019.

Weight306 g
Dimensions206 × 141 × 22 mm






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Author Marion PoschmannMarion Poschmann was born in Essen in 1969. A prize-winning poet and novelist, she has won both of Germany’s premier poetry prizes, has been twice shortlisted for the German Book Prize and won the 2013 Wilhelm Raabe Literature Prize.






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