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The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa

Each morning, the Professor and the Housekeeper are introduced to one another.

Suffering from short-term memory loss since an accident many years ago, the Professor may not remember what he had for breakfast, but his mind is still alive with elegant mathematical equations from the past. He devises clever maths riddles - based on his new housekeeper's shoe size or her birthday - and the numbers reveal a sheltering and poetic world to both the Housekeeper and her ten-year-old son.

With each new equation, the three lost souls forge an affection more mysterious than imaginary numbers, and a bond that runs deeper than memory.

This contemporary classic from the Japanese author, Yoko Ogawa, is a deceptively simple story of loss, relationships, memory and the magic of mathematics. 

About the Product

  • ISBN: 9781784875442

  • Length: 192 Pages

  • Dimensions: 190mm x 14mm x 135mm

About the Author

Yoko Ogawa was born 30 March 1962 in Okayama, Okayama Prefecture, Japan. She attended Waseda University, Tokyo, and later worked as a medical university secretary.

When she married her husband, she quit her job and began writing while her husband, an engineer, was at work. She was slow to call herself an author, however, and her husband only found out about her "hobby" when her debut novel, The Breaking of the Butterfly, received a literary prize!

Since 1988 she has published more than twenty works of fiction and nonfiction, and has won every major Japanese literary award. Internationally, she has been the recipient of the Shirley Jackson Award and the American Book Award and her fiction has appeared in the New Yorker, A Public Space and Zoetrope.

Her works include The Diving Pool, a collection of three novellas, The Housekeeper and the Professor, Hotel Iris and Revenge.

Currently, she lives in Japan with her husband and son. 

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