Toddler-Hunting  Other Stories

Toddler-Hunting Other Stories Review

"A sense of unease permeates this disturbing and exceptional collection of stories centered on unhappy women in postwar Japan...," wrote Publishers WeeklyWorld Literature Today proclaimed: "Reminiscent of Flannery O’Connor’s works, Kono’s stories explore the dark, terrifying side of human nature that manifests itself in antisocial behavior." Toddler-Hunting Other Stories introduces to American readers a startlingly original voice. Winner of most of Japan’s top literary prizes for fiction, Kono Taeko writes with a disquieting and strange beauty, always foregrounding what Choice called "the great power of serious, indeed shocking events." In the title story, the protagonist loathes young girls, but she compulsively buys expensive clothes for little boys so that she can watch them dress and undress. The impersonal gaze Kono Taeko turns on this behavior transfixes the reader with a fatal question: What are we hunting for? And why? Now available in paperback for the first time, Toddler-Hunting Other Stories should fascinate any reader interested in Japanese literature––or in the growing world of transgressive fiction.

Title:Toddler-Hunting Other Stories
Edition Language:English

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  • Paquita Maria Sanchez

    Before the review, I wanted to drop in a quick question at the risk of perhaps sounding like some sort of prude: do that many gals really like getting whipped? Like, whipped. Whipped. Like part of the...

  • Jessica

    One of the best short story collections I've read in recent years. It's a shame that Taeko Kono isn't better known and though she appears to have authored several books, this seems to be the only one ...

  • David

    This is what I'm coming as on Hallowe'en: Because she's fucking scary. A thing of horror can be a thing of beauty. Don't you just love Japan? Ban this filth, I want it too much....

  • Alan

    read two of these last night, excellent. Limpid, seemingly conventional but with a real subversive bite... (next day) and then I read the third - title - story, fuck me it's strong, repellant (her fan...

  • Rise

    The stories in Toddler-Hunting and Other Stories were originally written in the 1960s and concerned women and their unstable or uncertain marital relationships. Kōno Taeko's genre of writing was clas...

  • Katie

    Excited to have discovered these stories. The big guns in Japanese fiction seem to be like 99% male, but Kono Taeko is all, you guys think *you're* weird? Will someone please translate more of her wor...

  • Andrew Fairweather

    There were two things which were constant in Kono Taeko's collection of stories—abrupt endings and the desire to be whipped. These stories which feature women who, for different reasons, are out at ...

  • dead letter office

    i'm not sure whether japanese authors have an innate proclivity for deviance, or if i just happen to have read the weird ones, but she's got a great way of shocking you with the undercurrent of violen...

  • Brittany

    This book was the subject matter for the best paper I ever wrote in college, or perhaps EVER, on the appeal of sadomasochism to Japanese women...so I admit I'm a bit sentimental toward this book. It's...

  • Nikmaack

    Creepy and weird literary stories. Sometimes satisfying, sometimes not. They often contain a sadomasochistic aspect. These details are offered up with a casualness that is chilling. The title story it...