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Breakfast

Toshiki Okada

Translated by Michael Emmerich

‘If I had known she were heading for Tokyo then, and if I had known she thought of Tokyo as a city of zombies, I would have wanted to know, of course, whether she saw me that way, too.’

Toshiki Okada

Toshiki Okada is a playwright, director, novelist and founder of theatre company Chelfitsch. His plays inlcude Sangatsu no itsukakan (Five Days in March), Cooler (Air Conditioner) and Marijuana no gai ni tsuite (On the Harmful Effects of Marijuana). His novella collection Watashitachi ni yurusareta tokubetsu na jikan no owari (The End of the Special Time We Were Allowed) was awarded the Kenzaburō Ōe Prize in 2007.

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Translated by Michael Emmerich

Michael Emmerich is associate professor of Japanese literature at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is the author of The Tale of Genji: Translation, Canonization, and World Literature, the editor of Read Real Japanese Fiction and New Penguin Parallel Texts: Short Stories in Japanese and the translator of more than a dozen books by Japanese authors including, most recently, Yasushe Inoue's T?gy? (Bullfight).

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