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Dragon Palace


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8 x 5"

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Dragon Palace

From the bestselling author of Strange Weather in Tokyo comes this otherworldly collection of eight stories, each a masterpiece of transformation, infused with humor, sex, and the universal search for love and beauty—in a world where the laws of time and space, and even species boundaries, don’t apply. 

Meet a shape-shifting con man, a goddess who uses sex to control her followers, an elderly man possessed by a fox spirit, a woman who falls in love with her 400-year-old ancestor, a kitchen god with three faces in a weasel-infested apartment block, moles who provide underground sanctuary for humans who have lost the will to live, a man nurtured through life by his seven extraordinary sisters, and a woman who is handed from husband to husband until she is finally able to return to the sea.

Praise for Hiromi Kawakami


“How can a person resist?”

 Paris Review

“Beguiling and beautiful.” 

The Times

“Quirky and delicate . . . timeless . . . I fell totally under the spell.” 

Daily Mail

“Kawakami knows she doesn’t need fireworks to keep the reader entertained, and is pushing her exploration of form and style.” 

The Japan Times

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About the Author(s)

Hiromi Kawakami

Hiromi Kawakami

Hiromi Kawakami is one of Japan’s most popular novelists.

Ted Goossen

Ted Goossen

Ted Goossen is the editor of The Oxford Book of Japanese Short Stories and has translated many writers including Haruki Murakami.

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