Stories from a Japanese master of transformative fiction, where reality, myth, and human foibles meet shifting dimensions of gender, biology, and destiny.
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.
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"Spirits, animals, and people cohabit the universe of these eight stories, which capture with quirky insight and deadpan humor the strangeness of human relationships."
"Hiromi Kawakami returns to a world of fluid transfiguration with supernatural strangeness and knowing humor."
“Unsettling and provocative… prominent Japanese writer Kawakami and lauded Canadian professor-translator Goossen reprise their successful collaboration for People from My Neighborhood with another addictively strange collection.”
“An absurdist take on the human psyche.”
"Dragon Palace features eight surreal, emotionally affecting stories set in a world where the mystical and mundane rub elbows."
"A short story collection tied together by an atmosphere of legends and metamorphosis."
"Dragon Palace showcases Kawakami’s knack for blending folklore and surrealism into modern day social politics and life experience."
"Unique and attention-grabbing, Dragon Palace is a collection of open-ended fantasy tales about thwarted love and lost opportunities."
“A vivid, disturbing collection”
"Exceedingly unique... Kawakami melds the mundane and banal with the surreal and fantastic, to good effect."
“A fascinating collection of oddities in which some stories are humorous and accessible while others are more poetic and surreal.”