Yumiko Utsu's work has been exhibited internationally in venues such as The Saatchi Gallery in London and Palais Lumière in Paris.
‘People are obsessed with authenticity – in a post-reality-TV, post-confessional-journalism world, fiction is simply not enough.’
‘They flavored their early stews with bacon. None of that stuff lasted long, though. That first day felt like a vacation in a wondrous new place. That feeling didn’t last long either.’
‘Trees, mostly the older and weaker ones, were toppled by the wind, dragging neighbouring trees down, just like someone contaminated by the virus would contaminate another.’
‘Will it be for them / as it was for us, impossible to imagine oceans where there are now / mountains?’
‘This isn’t the end of the world. It’s history going about its business. This isn’t the last apocalypse by a long shot.’
Editor and publisher Sigrid Rausing introduces Granta 144: genericlovestory.
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