At the End of the Matinee

At the End of the Matinee

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Bestselling author Keiichiro Hirano offers a timeless ode to love's fragility and its resilience in this delicate, award-winning novel.

Classical guitarist Satoshi Makino has toured the world and is at the height of his career when he first lays eyes on journalist Yoko Komine. Their bond forms instantly.

Upon their first meeting, after Makino's concert in Tokyo, they begin a conversation that will go on for years, with long spells of silence broken by powerful moments of connection. She's drawn by Makino's tender music and his sensitivity, and he is intrigued by Yoko's refinement and intellect. But neither knows enough about love to see it blooming nor has the confidence to make the first move. Will their connection endure, weaving them back together like instruments in a symphony, or will fate lead them apart?

Blending the harmonies of Kazuo Ishiguro's Nocturnes and the sensuality of Ian McEwan's Enduring Love, At the End of the Matinee is an enchanting and thought-provoking love story.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 316 pages
  • 139.7 x 210.82 x 20.32mm | 317.51g
  • Amazoncrossing
  • Seattle, United States
  • English
  • 1542005183
  • 9781542005180
  • 56,811

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Praise for At the End of the Matinee

"A major bestseller in Japan already turned into a feature film, this is Hirano's second anglophoned export, greatly benefiting from Carpenter's impeccable translation that ensures a leisurely, against-so-many-odds romance for globally aware audiences." --Booklist

"At the End of the Matinee, Japanese author Keiichiro Hirano's new novel, depicts a torturous and suspenseful journey of two people in love whose lives bisect at the exact moment they are prepared to unite. It's like two trains passing, each going in opposite directions." --Authorlink

"Deftly translated into English by Juliet Winters Carpenter, At the End of the Matinee by Japanese author Keiichiro Hirano is an extraordinary and compelling read throughout. Destined to be acknowledged as a literary classic, At the End of the Matinee is an especially and unreservedly recommended addition to community, college, and university library Cultural Heritage, Family Life, and Contemporary Literary Fiction collections." --Midwest Book Review

Praise for A Man

"Hirano's English-language debut is a shape-shifting psychological thriller...As back-alley gritty and entertaining as a Raymond Chandler novel, the book asks what it means to be 'you' and suggests that the answer means nothing at all. Hirano's stylish, suspenseful noir should earn him a stateside audience." --Publishers Weekly

"Keiichiro Hirano's A Man has all the trappings of a gripping detective story: a bereaved wife, a dead man whose name belongs to someone else, mysterious coded letters, a lawyer intent on uncovering the truth. Together with a willfully understated title, however, these features belie a deeply thoughtful novel whose mystery premise gives way to an examination of the most profound questions of identity and artistic creation. In a work so rooted in Japanese cultural history, the questions posed by the author become distinctly literary, moving ultimately to address the very practice of novel writing." --The Arts Desk

"A riveting examination of desire and identity, A Man patiently unpicks the nature of unfulfilled aspirations. Keiichiro Hirano has written a multilayered tale of human reinvention, at once eminently readable and deeply moving." --Tash Aw, author of The Harmony Silk Factory and Five Star Billionaire

"There is no doubt that Keiichiro Hirano is an author with an extremely pioneering and modern spirit. His works have opened up a very imaginative space in analyzing and exploring the spiritual world of humanity." --Sheng Keyi, author of Northern Girls and Death Fugue

Praise for Keiichiro Hirano

"Hirano has continued to grapple with new themes ever since his debut. In this work, he has arrived at the primal question of what validates human existence." --Yōko Ogawa, author of The Memory Police
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290 ratings
3.89 out of 5 stars
5 37% (106)
4 31% (89)
3 20% (58)
2 10% (30)
1 2% (7)
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