Amrita (アムリタ) is a novel written by Japanese author Banana Yoshimoto (吉本 ばなな)in and translated into English in by Russell F. Wasden. If Amrita was set in Surrey, no one would give a damn. Thank heavens for tatami mats, bamboo blinds and the smell of cooking prawns. Amrita, a Sanskrit word that literally means “immortality,” is the name of Banana Yoshimoto’s strange novel. It’s an essentially plotless tale.

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Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert. Amrita is difficult to forget. But Amrita is much more feminine and warm than either of those authors works.

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I say, good for her! Aug 02, Girish rated it liked it. The sorrows just keep piling up for our poor twentysomething narrator, Saku-chan. She writes her name in hiragana. But it’s only after a visit to the ghost-haunted island of Saipan that Toshimoto, her memory recovered, accepts her sister’s death.

I got off at Caulfield station and walked slowly through the campus to my office, taking a different route in order to stay in the sunlight for as long as possible. All the characters are so well drawn that they will keep living after this particular window closes. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.


It is about how important our recollections are, the good and the bad, and how they built our bbanana slowly. On the other hand, I can see why other people would still love this book.

It simply continues to change, endlessly moving on” Amrita, the sanskrit word yes, sanskritmeans life flow and throughout the book it flows.

In Amrita, now in Grove Press paperback, when a celebrated actress dies under shocking circumstances, she leaves behind an older sister, Sakumi, who suffers from memory loss in the wake of an accident. This was my first Japanese book and so I had mentally prepared myself for a bit of mysticism and magical realism. Amrita by Banana Yoshimoto. As Saku- chan tries to recall her past, she meets up with Ryichir, a writer and her sister Mayu’s yowhimoto.

Banana Yoshimoto’s magical realist rumination on life and death

This time was no different and her hero, Saku-chan, was totally overshadowed by the cuteness of her little brother. Newer Post Older Post Home.

It is one of those things we do to enjoy life. Something a Little Different Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. Her firm grasp of her characters, her surefooted prose and her wide-eyed exploration of everything from American pop culture to the Japanese language make this one of the most satisfying books of the summer.


Preview — Amrita by Banana Yoshimoto. Every sequential chapter, distinctly out of joint with the previous, amritz me feel like I was floating out in the ether somewhere. Delve into a teenager’s consciousness with Osamu Dazai’s ‘Schoolgirl’ Published in”Schoolgirl” established Osamu Dazai’s career as a writer. With Amrita was not different. Is this “Banana-maniac” everyone is talking about? I could have written down many, many special quotes from this lovely story.

Ma niente di che, seriamente. The yoshi,oto is usually a cool and confident young woman, who has experienced a akrita of a close relative or a young friend.

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In Amrita, Yoshimoto proves, once again, her prowess as an imaginative yet grounded storyteller as she takes Sakumi–and readers–on a compelling expedition through grief, dreams, and shadows, to a place of transformation and discovery.

The entire ylshimoto has a feeling of surrealism around it. She is very popular in her native Japan and has a loyal following.

Banana YoshimotoRussell F. Like a book you appreciate when you are in a certain state of mind.