The Friday Face-Off was originally created by Books by Proxy:
each Friday, bloggers showcase book covers on a weekly theme.
Visit Lynn’s Books (@LynnsBooks) for a list of upcoming themes.
Please visit also Tammy at Books, Bones & Buffy (@tammy_sparks)
thanks to whom I discovered this meme.
This year, there’s no weekly theme, you just choose a book you have recently read.
On Wednesday, I finished reading a Japanese short story (for the Japanese Literature Challenge), that has a nice collection of covers.
Actually a whole bunch of covers were not really relevant, just pasting a Japanese theme picture, like Mount Fuji!
But there are bascially three important themes in the story (a love triangle; snakes inside our heart; a man walking in the mountains with a hunting gun), so I selected covers featuring one of these themes.
And I actually ended up (not intended) with a reverse triangle, which is totally relevant to this very sad love triangle story!
As I had not posted my review yet, you have a bonus with the review here below.
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All these covers are actually interesteing, but I think the Finnish (that might be the first time I go with a Finnish cover!) edition is really clever, with the triangle image, but also a bleeding heart, or a blood tear.
And now to my review:
The Hunting Gun
by Yasushi Inoue
Translated by Michael Emmerich
猟銃 was first published in 1949
Published in English by Pushkin Press
Japanese short-story/Literary fiction
It counts for The Classics Club
and the Japanese Literature Challenge
I had only read one book by Yasushi Inoue, Les Dimanches de Monsieur Ushioda (not available in English transaltion, as far as I’m aware). It didn’t completely awe me, though I know Inoue is considered one of the best Japanese classic authors.
So I decided to give him another chance with this short story: The Hunting Gun.