Review of ‘The Premonition’ by Banana Yoshimoto

A quietly supernatural, simply-written short novel about family. It’s narrated by Yayoi, who goes to stay with her otherworldly aunt Yukino, a music teacher who has a tendency to disappear for days at a time. Confusingly, Yayoi is drawn to her brother Tetsuo and knows there is something unusual about their dynamic. I find it difficult to write about this book, as not much happened in it – a bit of travel, some food, a low-key spookiness and a gradual recovery of memories – but I know that I liked it! The book has that unhurried, philosophical tone that I have discovered in other Japanese literature. I definitely want to read more of this author.

Figure in rippled water under starlight.

First published in 1988. This edition translated into English by Asa Yoneda and published in 2023.

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2 thoughts on “Review of ‘The Premonition’ by Banana Yoshimoto”

    1. This is the first of hers I’ve read, although I’d heard of Kitchen – definitely want to read more of hers.

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