Friday, April 16, 2010

The Cafeteria in the Evening and a Pool in the Rain

Whilst reading various reviews of the recently issued Hotel Iris by Ogawa Yoko, i came across The Cafeteria in the Evening and a Pool in the Rain, a short story that is available to read online via The New Yorker magazine, so i thought I'd highlight it here. A soon to be married woman moves into the couple's new house, with their dog Juju. She begins to redecorate the house in preparation for their life together,one day she hears a knock at the door,and encounters a man and his son,this atmospheric short story would have made a great addition to The Diving Pool, translated by Stephen Snyder. Stephen Snyder discusses translating Ogawa,and reads from The Diving Pool in a video that was uploaded by the Words Without Borders site here.

2 comments:

kt said...

Thanks for the link to the Ogawa story. I'm a fan of The Diving Pool and just finished reading Hotel Iris today.

me. said...

I really enjoyed The Diving Pool too,i thought Cafeteria was similar to the stories in that collection.I'm looking forward to reading Hotel Iris,I've read quite a few reviews, sounds quite dark.