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Yoshiro thinks he might never die. A hundred years old and counting, he is one of Japan's many 'old-elderly'; men and women who remember a time before the air and the sea were poisoned, before terrible catastrophe promted Japan to shut itself off from the rest of the world. He may live for decades yet, but he knows his beloved great-grandson - born frail and prone to sickness - might not survive to adulthood. Day after day, it takes all of Yoshiro's sagacity to keep Mumei alive.



As hopes for Japan's youngest generation fade, a secretive organisation embarks on an audacious plan to find a cure - might Yoshiro's great-grandson be the key to saving the last children of Tokyo?

Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945Fiction & PoetryScience Fiction Publisher: Granta Books Publication Date: 07/06/2018 ISBN-13: 9781846276705  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Born in Tokyo in 1960, Yoko Tawada moved to Germany in 1982 to study the poetry of Paul Celan. She alternates between writing in Japanese and German and her work has been awarded the most prestigious literary prizes in both countries, including the Akutagawa Prize, the Kleist Prize, the Adelbert von Chamisso Prize, the Tanizaki Prize, and the Goethe Medal. She is the author of stories, poems, plays, essays and novels, including Memoirs of a Polar Bear, for which she won the inaugural Warwick Prize for Women in Translation in 2017.

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This is a sombre novel, and a dystopian view of what could happen if there was a massive contamination incident in Japan. The country has quarantined itself away from the rest of the world, and is unable to harvest edible food from the land or sea. Babies are fed bats milk, and children are suffering from a wasting condition due to malnutrition. The book centres on one boy and his grandfather and their efforts to survive. A harrowing book that seems all too prescient.

- 15/09/2018
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"For an old man like Yoshiro, time after death no longer existed. The aged could not die; along with the gift of everlasting life, they were burdened with the terrible task of watching their great grandchildren die."

In a future where the "fixed" facts of life we take for granted now have all changed, countries have isolated themselves and nature has become contaminated, Yoshiro is just trying to live a quiet life with his great grandson, Mumei, hoping he survives another season. Tawada's writing is enchanting, conjuring vivid images of this new Japan, and making the heart ache somewhat for the state the world has found itself in. But there is a quiet hope here, that even in a newly hostile world there still exists a fragile humanity. Compelling, and guaranteed to resonate past the last page.

Lauren, Charing Cross Road

Charing Cross Rd Bookshop - 15/06/2018

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