Translations of foreign literature

Secret Life(Vie Secrete), written by Pascal Quignard , 2001

A mysterious puzzle of love and solitude in search of the origin of the secret of life! A truly unique and fascinating novel by Pascal Quignard, who is loved by France for his dazzling genre-crossing style. It is a confession of lovers who are in an antisocial relationship and living secret lives at the same time.

Terrace in Rome(Terrase a Rome), written by Pascal Quignard , 2002

Won 2000 French Academy Literature Award and King Pierre of Monaco Award!
“There are many writers with writing styles, but they don’t have their own voices. They write interesting things, but they are just stories read by the readers or just lips that make sounds. The melody, current of the depth of consciousness and the property of novel of this story come out from one voice, and they are distinguished by this unique voice. You can hear his voice when you read his writing in silence.” -Le Monde

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea(Vingt mille lieues sous les mers), written by Jules Verne , 2002

Starting with the sentence “The year 1866 was signalized by a remarkable incident, a mysterious and puzzling phenomenon, which doubtless no one has yet forgotten,” this book leaped over the limited imagination of the mid-19th century. The author who found the basis for science fictions, Jules Verne is a treasure chest filled with modern imagination.

Ingrid Caven, written by Jean-Jacques Schuhl , 2002

Won the French “Goncourt Award” in 2000. A “biographical opera” of a German chanson singer and actress Ingrid Caven. “Le Monde” commented that the 20th century was concluded by this novel.

Selective Poems, written by Pablo Neruda , 2000

Poems of recollection on Asia, which Neruda wrote between 1927 and 1932 on the Indian Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean – when he stayed at his home. He introduces Yangon, Colombo, Jakarta and Calcutta where he visited for an international convention. The main concern is solitude. Neruda feels nostalgia and loneliness in a world far from his home, where he even cannot speak the mother tongue. The poet digs into himself in an open-but-closed world, and reflects on his life.