HIDEO ASANO poet writer
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novels

Writing a novel is to me like composing an orchestra, an epic.  A good novel is you read a hundred times you still don't understand, readers must rather be diggers than readers, readers must readbetween the lines.  Reading and understanding are two different things.  The more you read the more you will get hidden treasures.  Readers must be reading creatively for the sake of the massages what the authors want you get it rightly.

Selecting books is like selecting your friends.  Getting into a bookshop is a hundred times more dangerous than getting into a jewelry shop as a blind man.  In other words, all glitters are not gold.   I hate to give readers an instant joy knowing great fish are swimming in the dark cold water, graceful flowers are blooming out of dark soil and great cathedrals are dark and gloomy.

- Hideo Asano, Interview

    SAMPLES

THE ALBATROSS IN THE ABYSS A young seafaring adventurer, Cy, fights for his survival since his sailboat sank in the South Pacific Ocean. Just as it seems there is no avenue of hope remaining, an albatross lands on his life raft and enters into a conversation with him. From that point on, his view of the world changes and his philosophical overview of man’s relationship to the planet change. These changes are not minor or insignificant — rather, they are major and mind shattering.

In the course of his relationship with Awhi, the seabird, the ocean, and with the final stages of desperation itself, Cy comes to understand that death is not to be feared, and that losing physical life is nothing compared to a barren mortal.

He also comes to understand that Awhi is the symbolic challenge of adversity itself. Through the apparition of a harmless but all-knowing bird, he sees himself overcoming all of his earlier fears, angers, and doubts.

Awhi, in a sense, becomes the drop of water that becomes a fountain that can save a life.
But, in an even grander sense, we see that Cy’s eventual death is not a defeat, but its antithesis.
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SILENT REBEL The book is a fictional work based on the true events and actual characters under the Khalki regime in 1978, just a year before Russian troops invaded.   It also depicts events during the intimate political upheaval of Afghanistan, while the country was ravaged by the war.

While the young men in Afghanistan were fighting one another, brother against brother as either soldiers or rebels, many intellectuals were being imprisoned and tortured by the authorities.  Qasim, the dedicated surgeon, husband, and father, was one of them.  This is about how he was forced to be discovered, the strength of his own principle, about his internal conflicts of his need to help his people versus his survival instinct, and about the interrelationships among his inmates who also helped Qasim discover his own principles in the face of death.
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MERCIFUL MONSOON This book is about people, nature and places of Pulau Tioman in South China Sea during both the season and monsoon.  It also features a warm relationship with a local man, Rama, whom Hideo, the author, met in Mersing, a fishing village in southeastern Peninsula Malaysia.  The vivid descriptions make you feel the nostalgia of this tropical isle.
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THE SMOOTH SEA RUFFLES BY NO DESIRE This story is about a young American couple in a small fishing village on a small island in Japan.  While the couple was enjoying their summer holiday there they were encountering different ways of local people's interaction, which lead them to be felt dull, lonely and isolated.  Tragically, they were unable to produce any intimate relationship with islanders.  But they, finally, overcame the deadly bluntness through the glorification of joy of their life.
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AN AMERICAN BREAKFAST An American Breakfast is an insightful look at the United States through the eyes of a Japanese student who finds himself stranded on the plains of Nebraska.

In the course of this experiences — not to mention a gut-wrenching trial with his father in Japan over his engagement to a Swedish girl ("an interracial marriage is an ugly thing and your children will be half-breeds") — Kenji finds himself on a dairy farm, confronting the most menial of chores as well as some of the nation's most destructive hailstorm. But, of most importance, Kenji finds himself drawn to the diversity of the American family he is living with. Likewise, they grow to love him.

What he learns and what is means gives us the essence of a thought-provoking story, with a multi-faceted look at the contours of the universal human condition.
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THE REJECTED STONE
Mystique of the Ancient History of Japan
THE REJECTED STONE is about the arts, blood and history of an ancient kingdom, in the Far East, the Paekche.  It is written in a literary form instead of an academic form that to help readers assimilate the facts.  Unfortunately the kingdom is almost unknown to the world since was superseded by another more than a millennia ago. Although the rich culture of the Paekche went through a tragic demise, its immortal majesty still remains.  Its cultural and ethnic influence is still apparent today in Japan.  Paekche is similar to Athens, which was destroyed by Sparta, but culturally survived.  And still continues to breathe and influence many fields in Europe, and throughout the world.
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THUNDER OF THE MOUNTAIN
A Personal Visit With The Mujahideen Of Afghanistan
Outside, there were two graves, belonging to a father and son, both of whom had died heroically for Afghanistan. The two burial spots were in the plain view of all who entered the house, or who stood in the yard and talked.  In other words, the two graves served as an ongoing monument and reminder that a war threatened the entire nation.  These graves were even a constant reminder that the primary purpose of the Mujahideen was to exact revenge upon all those who conspired to block their path or wage war against them.

More to the point, the two graves represented the son who died for the movement and the father who joined in that same movement so as to avenge his son.  Furthermore - and this was the centerpiece   of the irony - everyone who looked on saw a symbolic third grave - one not yet dug nor occupied - that represented the youngest son, who was still only a child.  Everyone understood that it was only a matter of time until that family was destroyed - and thus glorified.
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