The Consolation of Maps
@2@Kenji Tanabe finds maps easier to read than people. At the elite dealer he represents in Japan, he sells antique cartography by selling the stories that he sees within their traces: their contribution to progress, their dramatic illustrations, their exquisite compasses. But no compass or map can guide him through the events that will follow his abrupt dismissal and the offer of a job in America.@3@@2@There, Theodora Appel runs a company that is more like a family. Brilliantly successful, beguilingly secretive, she gradually initiates Kenji into her rarefied world. Only someone like him - quiet, intensely committed and distant - could be allowed to see beneath the surface to what his employer is hiding. Theodora has never recovered from the death of her lover, and her obsession to reclaim the past will lead to destruction. @3@@2@Moving across countries and cultures, @18@The Consolation of Maps@19@ charts an attempt to understand the tide of history, the geography of people and the boundless territory of loss.@3@
Thomas Bourke was born in Ireland and lives in Italy. A graduate of University College Dublin, he is author of a book on relations between Europe and Japan.
The Consolation of Maps is his first novel.