Née à Gifu, au Japon, en , Aki Shimazaki commence sa carrière comme enseignante dans une école primaire. Elle immigre au Canada en D’abord à. Aki Shimazaki has 19 books on Goodreads with ratings. Aki Shimazaki’s most popular book is Tsubaki. Tsubaki. by Aki Shimazaki. translated by Fred A. Reed. Published by Talonbooks In her debut novel, Aki Shimazaki uses simple language to tell a complex.

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Just prior to her death, Yukiko had inexplicably begun to discuss the long-forbidden topic with her grandson, Namiko’s son. In another context, this would be interesting stuff.

Aki Shimazaki – Wikipedia

She had long forbidden me to tell anyone she was a bomb survivor. When the subject of the atomic bomb that fell on Nagasaki arose, mother would refuse to talk.

Shimazaki’s prose is fluid and tight. Sometimes I would be alone; sometimes he.

Of course, authors do this all the time and the desire to do it here isn’t the problem. We never agreed beforehand to meet. We each crossed tzubaki our own way. The story never lags and the tension is never less than taut though, in truth, at paperback pages, there’s not much room for bogging. Used in this way, however, it’s difficult not to see the puppeteer, the author, putting her characters through the motions of voicing opinions she wants tsubaoi see expressed.


Her daughter Namiko is at her mother’s lawyer’s office, settling Yukiko’s affairs. As the story opens the mother, Yukiko, has recently died. To write a successful haiku — to tell a story or impart something of meaning in so confined a space — demands that the poet be not only exceedingly articulate and possessed of a superior vocabulary, he or she must also be able to use language both economically and with power.

In Tsubaki Shimazaki demonstrates her prowess in all of these areas. Our house was located halfway between them. Reviewed by Sienna Powers.

Tsubaki : Roman

Two bridges led to the grove. As expected, everything is in order and fairly straightforward as Namiko was an only child. Within the context shimazzaki a plot heavy with twists and turns within a single family, the sudden broader view laced liberally with political machinations and implications is jolting, to say the least. In this regard, Tsubaki reminds one of a prose-length haiku, the Japanese verse form that permits the poet only three lines of text that must consist of a line of five syllables, a line of seven syllables and a final line of another five syllables.

Sienna Powers is a transplanted Calgarian who lives and works in Vancouver, B.

The balance of Tsubaki fairly sings, however. Nothing is wasted and everything is exposed.

Set mainly in World War II-era Japan just before and during the atomic bombings by the United States that almost flatlined a country, Tsubaki is told in first person in the voice of two people: If not, make sure to burn it. As halting as that sounds, Shimazaki pulls it off very well. But her expression was serious.


Aki Shimazaki (Author of Tsubaki)

I believed she had been hurt far more than I could know by the loss of my grandfather, who had died in the cataclysm. In her debut novel, Aki Shimazaki uses simple language to tell a complex tale of political machinations, infidelity and murder. There has been no hint of a long lost sibling and, anyway, the name on the envelope is different than her mother’s maiden name.

Namiko had thought she knew everything there was to know about her mother’s family, though she knew Yukiko had been reluctant to talk about the War:. I took the right-hand bridge, he the left-hand one. As time went by, one began to feel the absence of the other.

Namiko is surprised, however, when the lawyer hands her “two envelopes, each one bearing a name written in her hand. She is a writer and conceptual artist.