The year is 1890. Western influences are flooding into Japan. A nomadic Irishman arrives to record this unique culture before it vanishes.
In this richly imagined novel, late nineteenth century Japan is brought vividly to life. Based on the remarkable experiences of the Irish writer, Lafcadio Hearn, and drawing on his letters, essays and books, Jean Pasley explores not only Hearn's stark, lonely childhood in Ireland and his scandalous time in America but also how Japan changed him and how he went on to become one of Japan's most celebrated and cherished writers.
"A lavish, beautiful testimony to the life and achievements of Lafcadio Hearn, the writer who opened our eyes to Japan's intricate, extraordinary art and literature, and to its rituals, sometimes exquisite, sometimes scarifying, always uniquely the country's own. Pasley is a true writer, and Black Dragonfly a book to read and remember." --- Frank McGuinness