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Slow Boat: an extract

Posted 5th Apr 2017

Slow Boat, the latest book in our brilliant and beautiful Japanese Novellas series has landed! This series showcases the best contemporary writing in Japanese by the most highly regarded writers in Japan today.

All novellas are selected by talented editors of Japanese literature, and edited by Elmer Luke, one of the best editors of Japanese literature working today.

Slow Boat is a startling tale about the anguished battle to escape oneself, this structurally complex and fascinating novella is both a homage to Haruki Murakami and a stunning piece of magical realism.

Boku has an uneasy preoccupation with dreams – and with making and losing lovers. And when he first runs away from Tokyo, his dreams and his reality gradually start to shift and overlap. This is a story of three failed escapes – and the loss of three girlfriends in the process. The first girlfriend is taken away, the second runs away, and the third is sent away by Boku himself.

Intrigued? Read the first chapter now