Friday, 23 January 2015

Golden Kin-Yōbi: 4 - Pushkin Press

Welcome to Golden Kin-Yōbi, our regular Friday giveaway where you can win some great J-Lit.  Why the name?  Well, as some of you may know, the first character used in Japanese when writing Friday means 'gold', and hopefully many of you will strike gold over the next few weeks :)

It's Week Four of our giveaways, and today's is a bumper one.  The wonderful people over at Pushkin Press are providing five books as prizes, including worldwide postage, so you've got a great chance of being amongst the winners this time ;)

The first three prizes are from the series of books by Yasushi Inoue which Pushkin have recently brought out.  Beautifully colour-coded, we have Bullfight (red), a novella about an attempt to liven up post-war Osaka; Life of a Counterfeiter (yellow), three of Inoue's short stories; and The Hunting Gun (green), a story of lost love told in three letters, a classic of modern J-Lit.

In addition, to those three, we have two very different books on offer.  One is a children's book from the Pushkin Children's imprint, Pushkin's latest J-Lit release.  Akiyuki Nosaka's The Whale that Fell in Love with a Submarine is a collection of war-tinged stories suitable for older children (one I'll be reviewing soon).  The other is definitely *not* suitable for kids - in Ryu Murakami's From the Fatherland, with Love, a story of a North Korean invasion of Japan, there are a whole host of adult themes ;)  Please note that this prize will be the paperback edition, not the hardback one pictured.

So, if you'd like to win one of these books, simply comment below, leaving your name, an e-mail address and the name of the book you'd like to win.  There's no need to follow me, either here, on Facebook or on Twitter (unless you want to, of course!) - anyone can enter, and everyone has an equal chance of winning :)

Entries will close at 8 p.m. (AEST) on Thursday, January the 29th extended to Saturday, the 31st of January (that's 9 a.m. on Thursday Saturday, London time), and the winners will be announced in the next Golden Kin-Yōbi post (the winners, naturally, will be chosen entirely randomly, one way or another).  So, what are you waiting for?  Get commenting, and good luck!

And, of course, we need to announce the winners of last week's prizes! 

One copy of Ground Zero, Nagasaki goes to Rathi Dwi
The second copy goes to Carola

I will be in contact with the winners shortly - thanks again to Columbia University Press for providing some great prizes :)