The more recent of two translations of this work I've read.
Not so sure about the translation but this book blends some striking elements in a unique way. A good part of the story seems absurdly introspective and we get a very personal view of these events as seen by the sojourning artist. This all seems to fall away in the end the real world looms back in and the main characters join to send a young man off to Korea.
As far as the translation goes I'm not sure which of the two alternatives works best for me....Continua