Asian studies in Lithuania

Į pietus nuo sienos, į vakarus nuo saulės (South of the Border, West of the Sun)

Authors: Murakami, Haruki
Translated by: Susnytė, Ieva
Published on: 2007

Growing up in the suburbs of post-war Japan, it seemed to Hajime that everyone but him had brothers and sisters. His sole companion was Shimamoto, also an only child. Together they spent long afternoons listening to her father’s record collection. But when his family moved away, the two lost touch. Now Hajime is in his thirties. After a decade of drifting he has found happiness with his loving wife and two daughters, and success running a jazz bar. Then Shimamoto reappears. She is beautiful, intense, enveloped in mystery. Hajime is catapulted into the past, putting at risk all he has in the present.

Initiators of the project: Japan foundation VDU