Explore In translation
Boys in Zinc
‘I was trying to present a history of feelings, not the history of the war itself.’
A Poet in Cuba
‘Perfect totalitarian systems have always been in the vanguard: they modify not only the past and the future, but they also abolish the present.’
‘He wrote: they called it the city of eternal sun. Its sun set only after the last inhabitant slept, and rose before the first got up. They were all deprived of the night. They were not even aware of its existence.’
German Quasi-Story of Ulrika Thöus
‘For hidden though they may be – and it is incontrovertible that they are – sooner or later the testicles will have to appear.’
‘It would’ve been a magical moment if my neighbours hadn’t started fucking at that very second.’
God Bless You, 2011
‘If the god of uranium really exists, then what must he be thinking? Were this a fairy tale of old, what would happen when humans broke the laws of nature to turn gods into minions?’ Hiromi Kawakami on the nature gods of Japan.
‘Women mostly touch it tentatively with the backs of their hands.’
‘I only stopped playing with him when he began biting the fingers of anyone who tried to pet him.’
A Walk to Kobe
‘What I’m talking about is a different sea, and different mountains.’ Haruki Murakami walks to his hometown after the Great Hanshin earthquake of 1995.