I was sitting on a pile of plaster and rubble on a street corner in front of one of the few apartment blocks–this part of Vukovar consisted mostly of the lime-green houses the town was so fond of–listening to an old man telling me stories about the Second World War. The clouds had rolled over an…
New Japanese Writing
‘Men believed without a doubt that rape was just a variety of sex. That was the world in which Narumi and her classmates lived.’
Mieko Kawakami, translated by Louise Heal Kawai & Hitomi Yoshio.
People From My Neighbourhood
‘First prize went to the dog school principal, who of course had submitted a cartoon dog.’
Three stories by Hiromi Kawakami, translated by Ted Goossen.
Larger Than the Night
‘Even if the children don’t understand, they know. Everything they managed to forget during the day comes back.’
Masatsugu Ono, translated by David Boyd.
‘Sounds like rain If I go to the window,
it could easily turn into bullets or rabbits.
Which one is right?
Should I go with my eyes or my ears?’
Toshiko Hirata, translated by Eric Hyett and Spencer Thurlow.
‘Hey, Nagaoka, wanna start a new cult with me?’
Sayaka Murata, translated by Ginny Tapley Takemori.
Translated by Julian Evans
Julian Evans is the author of Transit of Venus: Travels in the Pacific and a biography of Norman Lewis, Semi-Invisible Man. He also wrote and presented BBC Radio 3’s acclaimed series on the European novel, The Romantic Road. When he is not travelling, he lives in Bristol. www.julianevans.comMore about the translator →