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Hotel Iris (Paperback, 1st)

| Picador USA | 3/30/2010

ISBN-10 : 0312425244   ISBN-13 : 9780312425241   List Price : $17.00

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After a mysterious desire draws her to a widowed translator suspected of killing his wife, 17-year-old hotel clerk Mari is initiated into a dark realm of pleasure and pain, one that she embraces even more than the translator, just as she begins to long for the older man's nephew as well. By the author of The Housekeeper and the Professor. Original.

A tale of twisted love from Yoko Ogawa?author of The Diving Pool and The Housekeeper and the Professor.

In a crumbling seaside hotel on the coast of Japan, quiet seventeen-year-old Mari works the front desk as her mother tends to the off-season customers. When one night they are forced to expel a middle-aged man and a prostitute from their room, Mari finds herself drawn to the man's voice, in what will become the first gesture of a single long seduction. In spite of her provincial surroundings, and her cool but controlling mother, Mari is a sophisticated observer of human desire, and she sees in this man something she has long been looking for.

The man is a proud if threadbare translator living on an island off the coast. A widower, there are whispers around town that he may have murdered his wife. Mari begins to visit him on his island, and he soon initiates her into a dark realm of both pain and pleasure, a place in which she finds herself more at ease even than the translator. As Mari's mother begins to close in on the affair, Mari's sense of what is suitable and what is desirable are recklessly engaged.

Hotel Iris is a stirring novel about the sometimes violent ways in which we express intimacy and about the untranslatable essence of love.



Young hotel clerk Mari is drawn to a widowed translator suspected of killing his wife, who initiates her into a dark realm of pleasure and pain, a world that she embraces even more than the translator.

Product Details

  • ISBN-10: 0312425244
  • ISBN-13: 9780312425241
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 164
  • Dimensions: 5.51 (w) x 8.27 (h) x 0.51 (d)
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