(From the publisher):
K is a famous writer living in Tokyo with his wife and three children, the oldest of whom was born with a brain anomaly that has left him mentally disabled. A highly cerebral man who often retreats from real life into abstraction—in this case, the poetry of William Blake
—K is confronted by his wife with the reality that this child, Eeyore, has been saying and doing disturbing things—behaving aggressively, asserting that he’s dead, even brandishing a knife at his mother. As the days pass, various events—K's hapless attempts to communicate with his son, Eeyore's near drowning during a father-son trip to the swimming pool, a terrible hurricane that nearly destroys the family's mountain cottage and the famiy inside it—K is forced to question his fitness as a father.
K reconsiders his own life—his relationship with his father, his rural upbringing, his relationship with a well-known dissident writer who committed suicide, the responsibilities of writers and artists in Japan generally. In the end, in part through his obsessive rereading of Blake, K is able to see that things are not always as they seem, especially where his son is concerned, and to trust his heart as well as his mind.
Original title: 新しい人よ、眼ざめよ (Atarashii hito yo mezameyo)
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction→ Literary Fiction/classics