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Careless

Hiroko Oyamada

Translated by Lucy North

‘As I lay on the mattress, the white toe pads of the gecko floated up before me, against the vastness of the blue-black night. Rather than a presence, it seemed to me more like a trace, a barely discernible odour that flooded in on the air.’

Hiroko Oyamada

Born in Hiroshima in 1983, Hiroko Oyamada won the Shincho Prize for New Writers for The Factory, which was drawn from her experiences working as a temp for an automaker’s subsidiary. Her following novel, The Hole, won the Akutagawa Prize and will be published by New Directions in 2020.

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Translated by Lucy North

Lucy North’s translations include Toddler Hunting and Other Stories, a collection of 10 stories by Taeko Kono, and Record of a Night Too Brief, three stories by Hiromi Kawakami.

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