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The Samurai of the Red Carnation

Author(s): Denis Thériault, Louise Rogers Lalaurie (Translator)

Location(s): Japan

Genre(s): Historical, Fiction

Era(s): Medieval Period

Matsuo is born to be a samurai, but as he is being trained in the art of war he realises he was meant for a different art altogether. Turning his back on his future as a warrior of the sword, he decides instead to do battle with words, as a poet.

Thus begins a story of romance and adventure, love and betrayal, that takes Matsuo across medieval Japan, through bloody battlefields and burning cities, culminating in his ultimate test at the uta awase – where Japan’s greatest poets engage in fierce verbal combat for the honour of victory.

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