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Territory of Light is the radiant story of a young woman, living alone in Tokyo with her two-year-old daughter, in her first year of separation from her husband. At once tender and lacerating, luminous and unsettling, Territory of Light is a novel of abandonment, desire and transformation. It was originally published in twelve parts in the Japanese literary monthly Gunzo, between 1978 and 1979, each chapter marking the months in real time, and remains one of Yuko Tsushima's most beloved works.
'Wonderfully poetic ... extraordinary freshness ... a Virginia Woolf quality' Margaret Drabble
Tsushima evades any label, her fiction transcends gender to focus on the existential loneliness that is at the heart of humanity.―Kris Kosaka, Japan Times
Wonderfully poetic ... extraordinary freshness ... a Virginia Woolf quality―Margaret Drabble, BBC Radio 3
Spiky, atmospheric and intimate, filled with moments of strangeness that linger in the mind―The Spectator
In this short, powerful novel lurk the joy and guilt of single parents everywhere―Guardian
This exquisite and poignant novel . . . will resonate with single mothers always and everywhere―Shami Chakrabarti
An extraordinary book . . . cool analytic intelligence propelled by sudden eruptions of passion―Lisa Appignanesi
An astonishing and exquisite masterpiece about love, motherhood, female independence, and the restoration of a damaged family. Yuko Tsushima is an unforgettable name alongside great masters like Virginia Woolf, Alice Munro and Elizabeth Strout―J. M. Lee, author of The Investigation
About the Author
Yuko Tsushima was born in Tokyo in 1947, the daughter of the novelist Osamu Dazai, who took his own life when she was one year old. Her prolific literary career began with her first collection of short stories, Shaniku-sai (Carnival), which she published at the age of twenty-four. She won many awards, including the Izumi Kyoka Prize for Literature (1977), the Kawabata Prize (1983) and the Tanizaki Prize (1998). She died in 2016.