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Farewell, My Orange
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Iwaki Kei Meredith McKinney
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Farewell, My Orange

Iwaki Kei Meredith McKinney


9781609454784

Europa Editions


Fiction & Literature;
Fiction in translation


Paperback

128 pages

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Winner of the Kenzaburo Oe Prize Two immigrants, Salimah and Sayuri, navigate isolation, a new language, and devastating loss on their way to a lifelong friendship. Far from her native country of Nigeria and now living as a single mother of two, Salimah works the night shift at a supermarket in small-town Australia. She is shy and barely speaks English, but pushes herself to sign up for an ESL class offered at the local university.

At the group's first meeting, Salimah meets Sayuri, who has come to Australia from Japan with her husband, a resident research associate at the local college. Sayuri has put her own education on hold to take care of her infant daughter and she is plagued by worries about financial instabilities and her general precariousness.

When Sayuri's daughter dies in daycare and one of Salimah's boys leaves to live with his father, the two women look to one another for comfort and sustenance, as they slowly master their new language.

Written with great warmth, Farewell, My Orange offers optimism in the face of adversity. In the stories of Salimah and Sayuri, readers will find a touching portrait of our need for others and the certainty of change.

By:   Iwaki Kei
Translated by:   Meredith McKinney
Imprint:   Europa Editions
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 210mm,  Width: 135mm, 
ISBN:   9781609454784
ISBN 10:   1609454782
Pages:   128
Publication Date:   November 2008
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Iwaki Kei was born in Osaka. After graduating from college, she went to Australia to study English and ended up staying on, working as a Japanese tutor, an office clerk, and a translator. The country has now been her home for 20 years. Farewell, My Orange, her debut novel, won both the Dazai Osamu Prize and the Kenzaburo Oe Prize. Meredith McKinney is an award-winning translator of classical and modern Japanese literature, whose translations include Sei Sh nagon's eleventh-century classic The Pillow Book, and Kokoro and Kusamakura by the early modern novelist Natsume S seki. McKinney's mother was poet and activist Judith Wright, and her father was philosopher and novelist J.P. McKinney. She is currently a visiting fellow at the Japan Centre, Australian National University, where she teaches Japanese-English translation.


Praise for Farewell, My Orange Kei adroitly intertwines these remarkable characters' dreams and determination, making for an immigrant tale that readers won't forget. -Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)


  • Winner of Dazai Osamu Prize 2014
  • Winner of Dazai Osamu Prize 2014 (Japan)
  • Winner of Kenzaburo Oe Prize 2014
  • Winner of Kenzaburo Oe Prize 2014 (Japan)
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