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The Office of Gardens and Ponds

The Office of Gardens and Ponds

作者 : Didier Decoin

出版社 : MacLehose Press

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定價 : NT 495

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法國文壇最高獎項龔固爾文學獎得主 
迪迪耶・德官歷時十二年完成傑作 


十二世紀平安時代日本,專門為京城供應鯉魚的漁夫意外身亡,深愛著丈夫的遺孀,為了完成丈夫未了的工作,踏上一段送鯉魚的旅程...... 

島江村的勝郎,捕鯉魚的佼佼者,定期為京城的神聖池塘捕捉全國品質最優良的錦鯉,不僅受到皇室重用,也擔負著村民的榮耀。在一次捕魚的過程中,勝郎不慎跌落河裡溺斃。眼看錦鯉入京的期限逐漸逼近,皇宮派遣三名使者千里迢迢來到島江村,叮囑勝郎的妻子美雪,務必排除萬難,比照勝郎攜帶二十條錦鯉,到首都平安京完成本應由勝郎完成的任務。 

守喪期還沒結束,美雪就獨自踏上翻山越嶺的徒步旅程。瘦弱的肩上挑著飽含淨水及嬌貴錦鯉的竹簍重擔,除了必須避免錦鯉因污水及落雨驚擾而翻肚,還得應付一路上險惡的大自然以及狡詐的過客,上天覬覦她的生命,凡人則打量她的女體與鯉魚。 

美雪在旅程中屢屢遭遇困難,卻也因此體驗丈夫生前的拼搏,喪夫慟至無法自拔時,美雪在跋山涉水中,透過踏上丈夫走過的路、撫育過的鯉魚,重拾過往點點滴滴。 


法國文壇盛讚 

迪迪耶・德官捕捉了一個永恆的日本氛圍,這個日本耽溺於精巧和感官挑動,充斥著超自然生物的喧嚷以及自然的律法。簡言之,對於想展開一番傳奇故事經驗的人來說,這是幻想的冒險之地。——《世界報》(Le Monde) 

透過這個具有迷人細節的故事,迪迪耶・德官達成了昇華世界的壯舉——「在其中,唯一確定的就是無常」。——《電視全覽》(Télérama) 

一個年輕寡婦在中世紀日本的這場啟蒙之旅猶如帶著感官色彩的版畫,充滿愛和詭譎、氣味和顏色。——《電視全覽》(Télérama) 

帶著令人敬畏的博學、真正的傳奇故事靈感和某種異教的感官性,迪迪耶・德官以猶如《源氏物語》的方式,徹底成功地將我們帶進一部偉大的冒險傳奇。——《讀書周刊》(Livres Hébdo) 

迪迪耶・德官透過他精確的描述,和對為二個人物注入活力的熱情的獨特敘述方式,展現了他對古日本愛情生活的習俗的極度精通。他在日昇之國的美妙歷險,絕佳地帶領我們沉浸在一個鮮為人知的日本文化深處。 ——《新觀察家》(L’Obs)


本書介出自啟明出版《林園水塘部》 

A mesmerising fable with a difference, set in Japan over 1000 years ago For readers of Alessandro Baricco's Silk , Patrick Süskind's Perfume and Takashi Hiraide's The Guest Cat. The village of Shimae is thrown into turmoil when master carp-catcher Katsuro suddenly drowns in the murky waters of the Kusagawa river. Who now will carry the precious cargo of carp to the Imperial Palace and preserve the crucial patronage that everyone in the village depends upon? Step forward Miyuki, Katsuro's grief-struck widow and the only remaining person in the village who knows anything about carp. She alone can undertake the long, perilous journey to the Imperial Palace, balancing the heavy baskets of fish on a pole across her shoulders, and ensure her village's future. So Miyuki sets off. Along her way she will encounter a host of remarkable characters, from prostitutes and innkeepers, to warlords and priests with evil in mind. She will endure ambushes and disaster, for the villagers are not the only people fixated on the fate of the eight magnificent carp. But when she reaches the Office of Gardens and Ponds, Miyuki discovers that the trials of her journey are far from over. For in the Imperial City, nothing is quite as it seems, and beneath a veneer of refinement and ritual, there is an impenetrable barrier of politics and snobbery that Miyuki must overcome if she is to return to Shimae.


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Didier Decoin

Didier Decoin was twenty when he published his first book, Le Proces a l'amour. It was followed by some twenty other titles, including Abraham de Brooklyn and John l'Enfer. He is currently Secretary General of the Academie Goncourt, has been Chairman of the Ecrivains de Marine since 2007 and is a member of the Academie de Marine. He spent fourteen years on the writing of The Office of Gardens and Ponds.

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