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From the Left Bank of the Flu

Misumi Kubo

Translated by Polly Barton

‘The big road looked to me like a river, the cars rushing by as if carried along on its current.’

Misumi Kubo

Misumi Kubo is a Japanese writer whose debut novel, Fugainai boku wa sora o mita (The Cowards Who Looked to the Sky) won the 2011 Yamamoto Shūgorō Prize. Since then she has published a number of novels, including Sayonara niruvāna (Goodbye Nirvana) and Seiten no mayoi kujira (Stray Whale on a Sunny Day), which was awarded the Yamada Fūtarō Prize in 2012.

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Translated by Polly Barton

Polly Barton is a translator of Japanese literature and non-fiction, currently based in Bristol. She has translated short stories for Words Without Borders, the White Review and Granta. Her full-length translations include Friendship for Grown-ups by Naocola Yamazaki and Mikumari by Misumi Kubo (both Strangers Press) and Spring Garden by Tomoka Shibasaki (Pushkin Press). After being awarded the 2019 Fitzcarraldo Editions Essay Prize, she is currently working on a non-fiction book entitled Fifty Sounds.

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