• Frozen Dreams

Frozen Dreams is a modern classic in Japanese literature and one of the best stories of mountaineering ever written.

Based on a real-life tragedy in 1965, Wahei Tatematsu tells the story of a party of climbers on the Hidaka mountain range on Japan’s northern island. In spite of weather warnings, six men attempt an ascent on the highest peak, Mount Poroshiri – a fateful decision that cost all their lives as they are caught up in an avalanche. Miraculously, one climber, Odagiri, is known to have survived for four days after his companions had frozen to death. The reader enters the mind of Odagiri trapped in snow, half-frozen, half-asleep and revisiting his past as death slowly creeps upon him, telling his own story and that of an adventure gone wrong.

A unique masterpiece of stream-of-consciousness and thrilling adventure, this is Tatematsu’s most famous novel in Japan, brought to readers in English for the first time.

Translated from the Japanese by Philip Gabriel



TATEMATSU WAHEI (1947 - 2010) was a Japanese novelist and environmentalist. Besides Frozen Dreams, his novels include Dogen-Zenji, about the founder of the Soto Sect of Zen Buddhism. He is also known for his environmental work, including the formation of a non-profit organisation that helps plants trees at the abandoned Ashio Copper Mine. He died in 2010 in Tokyo.

Bibliographic Data
Date Published 15th October 2012
ISBN Number 9780720614978
Pages 250

Frozen Dreams

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Tags: Japanese literature, Japanese fiction, fiction from Japan, Wahei Tatematsu, Wahei, Frozen, Dreams