By Kenzaburo Oe
Oe introduces Kogito Choko, a author in his early sixties, as he rekindles a early life friendship together with his estranged brother-in-law, the popular filmmaker Goro Hanawa. Goro sends Kogito a trunk of tapes he has recorded of reflections approximately their friendship, yet as Kogito is listening one evening, he hears anything bizarre. "I'm going to move over to the opposite facet now," Goro says, after which Kogito hears a noisy thud. After a second of silence, Goro's voice keeps: "But don't be concerned, i am not going to forestall speaking with you." Moments later, Kogito's spouse rushes in; Goro has jumped to his demise. With that, Kogito starts a far-ranging seek to appreciate what drove his brother-in-law to suicide. His quest takes him from the forests of southern Japan to the washed-out streets of Berlin, the place Kogito confronts the ghosts from his personal previous and that of his lifelong, yet departed, friend.
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But I think that just as there’s infinity and also a single instant in time, and just as the entire cosmos can coexist with a single particle, isn’t it possible that when we die we simply move into a different dimension of space and time? ” And now that giddy, carefree existential conversation they had enjoyed on that day in their youth, having more fun fooling around with the high-flown words than with the actual concepts—now that seemingly abstract scenario had really come to pass. And here was Goro’s spirit, lively as ever, talking to Kogito through Tagame as if he truly hadn’t noticed that his mortal body had already gone up in smoke.
As Kogito was fumbling around, trying to insert the headphone plug into the appropriate jack, he must have inadvertently hit the PLAY button, or perhaps there was a feature that automatically started playback when you inserted a tape. In any case, his fellow passengers in the tightly packed train car looked extremely startled when a loud, brassy-sounding female voice suddenly began to emanate from the vicinity of Kogito’s lap. ” the woman shrieked through the tiny speaker. “Oh my God! I think my uterus is falling out!
This is getting a bit ahead of the story, but for about a week after Goro’s suicide, Kogito made a point of watching the Wide News program early every morning and again in the evening. Since no one else in his household showed the slightest interest in joining him, he would carry the small TV set into his study and put it at the foot of his bed, then listen to the sound through his Tagame headphones. Kogito had expected that he might have difficulty understanding the speech of the younger generation—that is, the anchors and reporters on the news shows and the actors (male and female) who had appeared in Goro’s films.
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