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Kutze, stepp'n on wheat / by Shinji Ishii ; translated by David Karashima
Bib ID 6970967
Format BookBook [text, volume]
Ishii, Shinji, 1966-, author
Description London Thames River Press, 2014 
248 pages ; 22 cm. 
ISBN 9781783081288

Alone on a midsummer night, Cat wakes to find a stranger dressed in yellow 'rat-a-tap, tapping' his feet. Captivated by the music of Kutze's steps, Cat resolves to travel abroad and tread wheat alongside this stranger when he becomes an adult. But first, Cat must grow up in the small port town where he lives with his timpanist grandfather and a father obsessed with an unsolved mathematical proof, and which, as part of the series of increasingly surreal events that characterize his life, Cat rescues from a plague of rats by his curious ability to imitate cats' yowls. The 'rat-a-tap, tap' of Kutze's step echoes through Cat's life as he matures, moves away from the town to become a musician in the big city and, eventually, journeys further afield, across the sea.

Full contents
  • Chapter 1; On the Surgeon's Table; The King of the Band; The Highest Spot in the Room; Dinosaur Tears; In Concert; The Black March; Rains from Paradise; The Call of the Cat; All Kinds of Wheat Stepp'n; The Caretaker's Last March; Gimme Candy; Chapter 2; The Rickety Old Steam Engine That Couldn't Keep Time; The Butterfly Man; The Waltz of the Red Dog and the Blind Boxer; From my scrapbook, October 12th; From my scrapbook, November 3rd; From my scrapbook, December 21st; From my scrapbook, March 23rd; The School for the Blind in Summer.
  • Let Shiny New Black Wings Carry You to a New World chapter 3; A Peg on the Nose; The End of the Mouse Man; Clutching at a Straw; The Ball Connection; Stepping Forward for the Boat Ride; Chapter 4; Seeing Green; The Mirrorless Palace; Proud to Be an Oddball; From my scrapbook, May 7th; From my scrapbook, June 12th; The Boxers; The Brief Memory of the Miraculous Reincarnating Man; Dark Mice Once Again; In the Operating Room; ECG; In This World, You Have to Learn to Wait; Ashtrays Aloft; From my scrapbook, July 6th; From my scrapbook, July 8th; The Woman with the Very Large Body.

Originally published: Mugifumi Kuutsue, Tōkyō : Shinchosha, 2002.

"Selected for the Japanese Literature Publishing Project (JLPP)"--Page facing title page.

Translated from Japanese.

Subjects Japanese fiction -- Translations into English.  |  Music -- Fiction.  |  Wheat -- Threshing -- Fiction.  |  Fantasy fiction, Japanese.
Other authors/contributors Karashima, David James, translator  |  Japanese Literature Publishing Project (JLPP)


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