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The Diving Pool

The Diving Pool

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By (author) Yoko Ogawa, Translated by Stephen Snyder

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  • Publisher: HARVILL SECKER
  • Format: Hardback | 176 pages
  • Dimensions: 146mm x 223mm x 18mm | 309g
  • Publication date: 3 July 2008
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1846552176
  • ISBN 13: 9781846552175
  • Sales rank: 329,479

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From Akutagawa Award-winning author, Yoko Ogawa comes a haunting trio of novellas about love, motherhood, fertility, obsession, and how even the most innocent gestures contain a hairline crack of cruel intent. A lonely teenaged girl falls in love with her foster-brother as she watches him leap from a high diving board into a pool - a peculiar infatuation that sends unexpected ripples through her life. A young woman records the daily moods of her pregnant sister in a diary, taking meticulous note of a pregnancy which may or may not be a hallucination - but whose hallucination is it, hers or her sister's? A woman nostalgically visits her old college dormitory on the outskirts of Tokyo, a boarding house run by a mysterious triple amputee with one leg. Hauntingly spare, beautiful, and twisted, "The Diving Pool" is a disquieting and, at times, darkly humorous collection of novellas about normal people who suddenly discover their own dark possibilities.

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Since 1988, Yoko Ogawa has published more than 20 works of fiction and non-fiction, and has won every major Japanese literary award. Her fiction has appeared in the New Yorker, A Public Space, and Zoetrope.