Fifty Sounds

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Author: Polly Barton

9781913097509 | PB | pp. 360 | 2021 | Fitzcarraldo Editions

Fifty Sounds by Polly Barton chronicles her experiences in Japan–a country she became obsessed with–through various sounds.

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Why Japan? In Fifty Sounds, winner of the 2019 Fitzcarraldo Editions Essay Prize, Polly Barton attempts to exhaust her obsession with the country she moved to at the age of 21, before eventually becoming a literary translator. From min-min, the sound of air screaming, to jin-jin, the sound of being touched for the very first time, from hi’sori, the sound of harbouring masochist tendencies, to mote-mote, the sound of becoming a small-town movie star, Fifty Sounds is a personal dictionary of the Japanese language, recounting her life as an outsider in Japan. Irreverent, humane, witty and wise, Fifty Sounds is an exceptional debut about the quietly revolutionary act of learning, speaking, and living in another language.

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Author:

Polly Barton

ISBN:

9781913097509

Binding:

Paperback

Pages:

360

Year of Publication:

2021

Publisher:

Fitzcarraldo Editions

Edition:

First

Condition:

New

Country of Origin:

United Kingdom

About the Author

The author is a Japanese literary translator. Her translations include Where the Wild Ladies Are by Aoko Matsuda, There’s No Such Thing as an Easy Job by Kikuko Tsumura, and Spring Garden by Tomoka Shibasaki. She won the 2019 Fitzcarraldo Editions Essay Prize for Fifty Sounds. She lives in Bristol.

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