Our latest hardcover, the magical realist epic The Navidad Incident: The Downfall of Matías Guili got a couple of positive reviews in the leading trade journals, Library Journal and Publishers Weekly:
LJ says, in part (second item):
Verdict: Ikezawa, who won the prestigious Tanizaki Jun’ichiro Prize for this title, pushes the boundaries of storytelling and gives us a new vision of magical realism, merging the surreal with real-world dirty politics and humor. This mysterious and suggestive novel will attract readers who enjoy fantastical and surreal fiction.
Publishers Weekly writes:
Despite ghosts, mysterious disappearances, and magical priestesses, the book is as much a leisurely commentary on post-colonial dictatorships as it is a work of magical realism. Readers are treated to rambling digressions on topics like the importance of buses in Navidadian life or Guili’s past history and love life. Still, Ikezawa’s newest (after A Burden of Flowers) has its own strange, meandering charm, giving readers a glimpse into the legacy of colonization from a Japanese perspective.
For the curious, both these magazines review books for librarians and book-buyers (that is, bookstore staff charged with selection which books make it to the shelves). So, if your local bookstore or library doesn’t have The Navidad Incident yet, it likely soon will! And you can always ask for it!