Slow Boat

Hideo Furukawa
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Translated by David Boyd


128 pp

Published 30/03/2017

ISBN 9781782273288

A startling novella from the heir to Haruki Murakami and Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Trapped in Tokyo, left behind by a series of girlfriends, the narrator of Slow Boat sizes up his situation. His missteps, his violent rebellions, his tiny victories. But he is not a passive loser, content to accept all that fate hands him. He attempts one last escape to the edges of the city, holding the only safety net he has known - his dreams.

Filled with lyrical longing and humour, Slow Boat captures perfectly the urge to get away and the necessity of finding yourself in a world which might never even be looking for you.