The Diving Pool
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Diving Pool by Yoko Ogawa
Book DescriptionFrom 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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Book DetailsISBN: 9781846552175
(223mm x 146mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Harvill Secker
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 3-Jul-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Yoko Ogawa
Revenge, Paperback (July 2014)
A woman goes into a bakery to buy a strawberry cream tart. The place is immaculate but there is no one serving so she waits. Another customer comes in. The woman tells the new arrival that she is buying her son a treat for his birthday. Every year she buys him his favourite cake; even though he died in an accident when he was six years old.
Hotel Iris, Paperback (April 2011)
In a crumbling, seaside hotel on the coast of Japan, seventeen-year-old Mari works the front desk as her mother fusses over the off-season customers. When, one night, they are forced to eject a prostitute and a middle-aged man from his room, Mari finds herself drawn to the man's voice, in what will become the first gesture of a long seduction.
Housekeeper and the Professor, Paperback (April 2010)
He is a brilliant maths professor with a peculiar problem - ever since a traumatic head injury seventeen years ago, he has lived with only eighty minutes of short-term memory. She is a sensitive but astute young housekeeper who is entrusted to take care of him. Each morning, a strange, beautiful relationship blossoms between them.
Diving Pool, Paperback (April 2009)» View all books by Yoko Ogawa
Yoko Ogawa, a lonely teenaged girl falls in love with her foster-brother as she watches him leap from a high diving board into a pool - an unspoken infatuation that draws out darker possibilities. A young woman records the daily moods of her pregnant sister in a diary, but rather than a story of growth the diary reveals a sinister tale of greed.
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Author Biography - Yoko Ogawa
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.
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