Christoph Peters: Mitsuko's Restaurant. Luchterhand Literaturverlag (Hardcover, 20th century, c 1900 to c 1999, Germany)

Mitsuko's Restaurant


Original Title: Mitsukos Restaurant

original edition

Hardcover with jacket, 416 pages, 13.5 x 21.5 cm, 5.3 x 8.5 in.
ISBN: 978-3-630-87273-5
€ 19.95 [D] | € 20.60 [A] | CHF 28.90 * (* rec. retail price) recommended retail price

Publishing House: Luchterhand Literaturverlag

Date of publication: January 26, 2009
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- Peters was awarded the Rheingau Literatur Preis 2009
- Sample translation available

Christoph  Peters - Mitsuko's Restaurant


A delightfully sensuous literary comedy about beauty, pleasure and love

Even as schoolboys, Achim, who dabbles in acting, cooking and poetry, and plastic surgeon Wolf were fascinated by Japanese culture and cuisine. Then one day while walking in the woods in 1992, Achim, by now in his mid-20s, discovers a Japanese restaurant in, of all places, the country-style club house of the ramblers' association. He is electrified by the discovery and immediately rings up Wolf, who has signed up at a famous private clinic not far away. Together they start to explore the pub and the food it has to offer: an excellent restaurant, as it turns out, run by the beautiful and mysterious Mitsuko from Japan.

From then on, Achim in particular regularly goes to the remarkable eating house. He goes to all lengths to impress Mitsuko with his smattering of knowledge about Japanese culture, especially tea ceramics, as a way of getting closer to her. He gradually works his way up from occasionally making himself useful to being her right-hand man, while Wolf more and more frequently has fun socialising with Japanese guests over an opulent meal. When Achim makes enquiries in a shop about a valuable chawan, a special kind of tea bowl, and happens to mention "Mitsuko's Restaurant", the word "yakuza" is dropped for the first time. Shortly after this, a Japanese businessman collapses in the restaurant and dies, which has a lasting effect on Wolf's career prospects. And Achim has a g rowing suspicion that Mitsuko's secret is really based on self-deception and that it is time to counteract all the illusions with real experience.

This is an amusing story about the enraptured search for perfect beauty, pure pleasure and something completely different other in the form of a woman.


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