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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I believed she had been hurt far more than I could know by the loss of my grandfather, who had died in the cataclysm. As the story opens the mother, Yukiko, has recently died. I took the right-hand bridge, he the left-hand one. Of course, authors do this all the time and the desire to do it aku isn’t the problem. When the subject of the atomic bomb that fell on Nagasaki arose, mother would refuse to talk.

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:.

The second name is unfamiliar to Namiko and in addition contains a message for the daughter, “When you find my brother, give him this envelope in person. Her daughter Namiko is at her mother’s lawyer’s office, settling Yukiko’s affairs.

Set mainly in World War II-era Japan just before and during the atomic bombings by the United Tzubaki that almost flatlined a country, Tsubaki is told in first person in the voice of two people: She is a writer and conceptual artist.

Aki Shimazaki (Author of Tsubaki)

Two bridges led to the grove. As time went by, one began to feel the absence of the other. 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. Reviewed by Sienna Powers. As expected, everything is in order and fairly straightforward as Namiko was an only child.


Sometimes I would be alone; sometimes he. Since childhood I had wanted to learn her story.

Shlmazaki by Aki Shimazaki translated by Fred A. We each crossed in our own way. In another context, this would be interesting stuff.

Within the context of 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.

Books by Aki Shimazaki

While the opinions that Yukiko expresses are no doubt based in truth or at least educated musings, given to us under the thinly-veiled device of an overheard conversation, they come across like proselytizing. But I did not dare pursue the matter. She must be joking, I thought. Through the device of these conversations — with Namiko in the next room listening and overhearing — Yukiko expounds her opinions regarding the U. In Tsubaki Shimazaki demonstrates her prowess in all of these areas.

Namiko is surprised, however, when the lawyer hands her “two envelopes, each one bearing a name written in her hand. 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. Our house was located halfway between them. 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.

If not, make sure to burn it. In her debut novel, Aki Shimazaki uses simple language to tell a complex tale of political machinations, infidelity and murder. But her expression was serious. Nothing is wasted and everything is exposed. Sienna Powers is a transplanted Calgarian who lives and works in Vancouver, B.


The sentences are short though never staccato, the prose is beautiful, sparse and almost every word does its part in moving the story forward: Several pages of this conversation follow and prove, along with a later, similar discourse on the atomic bombings, to be the only flawed portion of Tsubaki. 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.

Just prior to her death, Yukiko had inexplicably begun to discuss the long-forbidden topic with her grandson, Namiko’s son. She had long forbidden me to tell anyone she was a bomb survivor.

Shimazaki’s prose is fluid and tight.

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: We never agreed beforehand to meet. Used in this way, however, it’s difficult not shimazwki see the puppeteer, the author, putting her characters through the motions of voicing opinions she wants to see expressed. I looked up at mother. The balance of Tsubaki fairly sings, however.