Anna Cima

I Wake Up in Shibuya

Trans. Krzysztof Wołosiuk
Obudzę się na Shibui
Obudzę się na Shibui
Dowody na Istnienie, 2020, 336 pp
Language: Polish
Genre: Literary fiction
ISBN: 9788365970985
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Japanologist Anna Cima’s debut novel became the Czech literary discovery of the year 2018.

A teenager called Jana finds herself in the lively Tokyo district of Shibuya. Her slightly older alter ego is studying Japanese language and culture in Prague, attempting to translate and trying to get a scholarship in Japan. The life story of the author whose work Jana is translating with a friend – the forgotten prose writer Kawashita – works its way into the mind and fate of both versions of Jana. This prose debut by the young Japanologist, with its readable and refreshingly colloquial yet in no way trivial language, looks at ways of absorbing and understanding different cultures as well as the contradiction inherent in a dream come true and presents Japan and its culture in an erudite but far from dull way.

Language: Polish
Title: Obudzę się na Shibui
Publisher: Dowody na Istnienie
Year: 2020
Pages: 336
Genre: Literary fiction
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