Kutze, Stepp'n on Wheat

Kutze, Stepp'n on Wheat

By Shinji Ishii
Translated by David Karashima

Anthem Cosmopolis Writings

Alone on a midsummer night, Cat wakes to find a stranger dressed in yellow ‘rat-a-tap, tapping’ his feet. Captivated by the music of Kutze’s steps, Cat resolves to tread wheat like the stranger when he grows up: in the big city where he studies music or, eventually, further afield, across the sea.

MOBIPOCKET, 252 Pages

ISBN:9781783081462

June 2014

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Alone on a midsummer night, Cat wakes to find a stranger dressed in yellow ‘rat-a-tap, tapping’ his feet. Captivated by the music of Kutze’s steps, Cat resolves to travel abroad and tread wheat alongside this stranger when he becomes an adult. But first, Cat must grow up in the small port town where he lives with his timpanist grandfather and a father irrevocably obsessed with an unsolved mathematical proof, and which, as part of the series of increasingly surreal events that characterize his life, Cat rescues from a plague of rats by his imitating the yowls of his namesake, the cat. The ‘rat-a-tap, tap’ of Kutze’s steps echoes through Cat’s life as he matures, moves away from the town to become a musician in the big city and, eventually, journeys abroad.

A truly unique coming-of-age tale, ‘Stepp’n on Wheat’ traces the unsettling events and characters encountered by Cat as he grows up, from the mysterious travelling salesman who cheats his town and ruins his father to a colourblind girl named Green.

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Shinji Ishii has written over twenty books spanning both fiction and non-fiction genres. Since publishing his critically acclaimed debut novel ‘Once Upon a Swing’ in 2000, Ishii has been shortlisted for the Mishima Yukio Prize four times and received the Tsubota Joji Literature Award in 2003 for ‘Stepp’n on Wheat’.

David Karashima served as director of the first Tokyo International Literary Festival in 2013, and also promotes Japanese literature in his position as manager of international projects at Read Japan. He has previously published translations from writers including Hitomi Kanehara and Takeshi Kitano.

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