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This Thursday Marks One Year-bookcover

By: Paweł Jałoszyński

This Thursday Marks One Year

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After immersing himself for years in the captivating allure of Japan, Jan faces the daunting prospect of returning to Europe. However, he finds himself addicted to the beauty of the Land of the Rising Sun, desperately needing an antidote to his overwhelming attachment. A psychiatrist crafts an experimental therapy for him, aimed at unlocking his ability to thrive away from the places he has grown to adore.

In this unique treatment, Jan is joined by Nanako, the captivating Miss of Ibaraki Prefecture. As his guide, her mission is to help Jan detach from his deep-rooted emotions – a task that risks the well-being of those around him. Nanako, with her own hidden complexities, introduces Jan to the lesser-seen facets of Japan, exposing the ugliness that lurks beneath its surface. Her own beauty and mysterious past add layers of challenge to the therapy, leading to unforeseen outcomes.

Their journey is a dance of contrasts, weaving through the beauty and darkness of Japan, confronting good and evil, and challenging aesthetic and emotional perceptions. For Jan, even his profound knowledge of Japan is put to the test by Nanako’s unpredictable guidance, forcing him to confront his own cynicism and tendency to manipulate others for his objectives.

Their travels are accompanied by the ethereal presence of Issa, a renowned Japanese haiku poet known for his iconoclastic views. His enigmatic verses infuse their journey with an intimate and emotionally charged atmosphere, framing their exploration of Japan’s other side in a poetic light.

Paweł Jałoszyński is a Polish chemist, molecular biologist, entomologist, palaeontologist, researcher of cell nuclei and discoverer of unknown insects. Each of these passions filled a part of his life with unbridled curiosity and hours of intense work. He named 700 species unknown to science, explored the mysteries of Cretaceous amber and peered into the heads of microscopic beetles using gigantic synchrotrons.

For five years, he lived and worked in Japan, visiting its farthest corners, absorbing the culture of the smallest islands, breathing the history, nature, and mythology of the Land of the Rising Sun.

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