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Toh EnJoe

Translated by David Boyd

‘I think that the thing called thought can be viewed as rooted in the very real phenomenon of neurons firing.’

Toh EnJoe

Toh EnJoe holds a PhD in arts and sciences from the University of Tokyo. His writings include Obu za besuboru (Of the Baseball) and U yū shi tan (As If). In 2011 he was awarded the Akutagawa Prize for keshi no chō (Harlequin's Butterfly). Self-Reference ENGINE, translated by Terry Gallagher, is nominated for the 2014 Philip K. Dick Award.

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Translated by David Boyd

David Boyd is Assistant Professor of Japanese at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He is the winner of the 2017/2018 Japan–U.S. Friendship Commission (JUSFC) Prize for the Translation of Japanese Literature for his translation of Hideo Furukawa’s Slow Boat (Pushkin Press, 2017). With Sam Bett, he is currently cotranslating the novels of Mieko Kawakami.

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