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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

Hiroko Oyamada won the Akutagawa Prize in 2014 for Ana (Hole). ‘Careless’ is from Oyamada's short story collection Niwa (Garden), published in March 2018. Oyamada’s 2013 Kōjō (Factory), translated by David Boyd, will be published by New Directions in October 2019.

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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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