Toddler Hunting and Other Stories

ISBN: 0811213056, 9780811213059
OCLC Number: 33440109
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
Author: Taeko Kono
Translator: Lucy North, Lucy Lower
Language: en
Publisher: New Directions
Publication Place: New York
English Publication Date: 1996
Notes: Contents: Night journey, Full tide, Toddler-hunting, Snow, Theater, Crabs, Ants swarm, Final moments, Conjurer, Bone meat.
Related: v, 266 p. ; 21 cm.
Abstract: Toddler-Hunting & Other Stories introduces to American readers a startlingly original voice. Winner of most of Japan’s top literary prizes for fiction, Kono Taeko writes with a disquieting and strange beauty, always foregrounding what Choice called "the great power of serious, indeed shocking events." In the title story, the protagonist loathes young girls, but she compulsively buys expensive clothes for little boys so that she can watch them dress and undress. The impersonal gaze Kono Taeko turns on this behavior transfixes the reader with a fatal question: What are we hunting for? And why?