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Before The Coffee Gets Cold

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Product Type: Fantasy Fiction
Vendor: Keny Stationery

Binding: Paperback
Condition: New

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  • Publisher :- Picador
  • Edition :- 15 March 2023
  • Language :- English
  • Genre :- Fantasy Fiction
  • Format :- Paperback
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"Before the Coffee Gets Cold" by Toshikazu Kawaguchi is a captivating and enchanting novel that transcends the boundaries of time and space, inviting readers into a cozy Tokyo café where the ordinary becomes extraordinary. Published originally in Japanese, this novel has achieved international acclaim for its unique blend of magical realism, heartfelt narratives, and exploration of the intricacies of human relationships.

Set in a quaint coffee shop named Funiculi Funicula, the story revolves around a mystical chair that allows patrons to travel back in time, but with a significant caveat – they must return before their coffee gets cold. Kawaguchi weaves together a series of interconnected tales, each centered around different characters who seek solace, resolution, or understanding by revisiting moments in their past.

The novel not only explores the potential consequences of meddling with time but also delves into the deep emotional currents that shape the characters' lives. From unspoken regrets to unfulfilled desires, the narrative navigates the complexities of human experience with a delicate touch. The café itself becomes a character, a silent witness to the poignant stories that unfold within its walls.

Kawaguchi's writing is imbued with a sense of nostalgia and a profound understanding of the human condition. The characters grapple with their pasts, confronting the inevitability of change and the fragility of moments that shape destinies. As readers navigate the intricacies of time travel, they are also confronted with the universal themes of love, loss, and the inexorable passage of time.

"Before the Coffee Gets Cold" is a testament to the author's ability to blend the ordinary with the extraordinary, creating a magical and contemplative space within the confines of a small café. Through its gentle storytelling and exploration of the human soul, the novel encourages readers to reflect on their own lives, appreciating the fleeting beauty of the present moment before it, too, becomes a part of the past.


From The Back Cover


On the back cover of "Before the Coffee Gets Cold," readers are beckoned into the enchanting world crafted by Toshikazu Kawaguchi. This captivating novel unfolds within the walls of Funiculi Funicula, a Tokyo café that holds a mysterious secret: a chair that allows patrons to travel back in time, provided they return before their coffee gets cold. Kawaguchi intricately weaves a tapestry of interconnected stories, each a poignant exploration of love, loss, and the inexorable passage of time.

The narrative unfolds with a delicate balance of magical realism and profound human insight, as characters grapple with the opportunity to revisit pivotal moments in their lives. The café, a silent witness to these temporal journeys, becomes a vessel for both regret and redemption. Kawaguchi's evocative prose captures the bittersweet essence of life, inviting readers to reflect on the preciousness of the present moment before it becomes a fleeting memory. "Before the Coffee Gets Cold" is a lyrical and introspective journey that transcends the boundaries of time, leaving an indelible mark on the reader's heart.


About The Author 


Toshikazu Kawaguchi was born in Osaka, Japan, in 1971. He formerly produced, directed and wrote for the theatrical group Sonic Snail. As a playwright, his works include COUPLESunset Song, and Family Time. The novel Before the coffee gets cold is adapted from a 1110 Productions play by Kawaguchi, which won the 10th Suginami Drama Festival grand prize.

Geoffrey Trousselot was born in Hobart, Australia, in 1969. He is the translator of the Before the Coffee Gets Cold series. Other translations include 
The I Wonder Bookstore by Shinsuke Yoshitake and Hiroshima: From the shadows of the grass by Toshinori Kanaya. He was a contributing translator to The 20th Century Art in Japan by the Tokyo Art Club.