Somersault Paperback

by Kenzaburao Aoe; Kenzaburo Oe;

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The first new novel Oe has published since winning the Nobel Prize, Somersault is a magnificent story of the charisma of leaders, the danger of zealotry, and the mystery of faith. A decade before the story opens, two men referred to as the Patron and Guide of mankind were leaders of an influential religious movement. When a radical faction of their followers threatened to unleash an apocalypse, they recanted all of their teachings and abandoned their followers. Now, after ten years of silence, Patron and Guide begin contacting their old followers and reaching out to the public, assisted by a small group of young people who have come to them in recent months. Just as they are beginning this renewed push, the radical faction kidnaps Guide, holding him captive until his health gives out. Patron and a small core of the faithful, including a painter named Kizu who may become the new Guide, move to the mountains to establish the church's new base, followed by two groups from Patron's old church: the devout Quiet Women, and the Technicians, who have ties to the old radical faction. The Baby Fireflies, young men from a nearby village, attempt to influence the church with local traditions and military discipline. As planning proceeds for the summer conference that will bring together the faithful and launch the new church in the eyes of the world, the conflicting agendas of these factions threaten to make a mockery of the church's unity--or something far more dangerous.

Somersault by Kenzaburao Aoe; Kenzaburo Oe was published by Grove Press / Atlantic Monthly Press in December 2003. The ISBN for Somersault is 9780802140456.

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Details for Somersault

Page last updated 30th August 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback / softback
PublisherGrove Press / Atlantic Monthly Press (December 2003)
Number of Pages576
Thickness30 mm
Height229 mm
Width151 mm
Product Code4025887
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