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Japan Society Book Club: Slow Boat by Hideo Furukawa

12 February — 7:00 pm


Monday 12 February 2018 7.00pm

The Japan Society
13 / 14 Cornwall Terrace
London NW1 4QP

Free for Japan Society Members
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Japanese version available here

The story of Slow Boat, Hideo Furukawa’s latest novella to be translated in English, is a self-reflective journey through the protagonist’s experiences of Tokyo and the three girlfriends that characterise this journey. The story straddles the real and the imagined, dipping in and out of the narrator’s memories, musings and dreams to create a magical realism that would not be out of place in a Haruki Murakami novel.

Read our review here

The book club is held every month. There is no restriction on the nationality of the authors read, but books should be available in translation in both Japanese and English. The discussion is conducted mainly in English, but you can choose the language in which you read the book. The intention is simple: to explore the themes of the book, express personal opinions on the style and content, discuss how the book has changed (or not) in translation and to have a relaxed discussion with others who have similar interests.

Hideo Furukawa was born in 1966. After working as an editor, freelance writer, and stage director, he made his debut in 1998 at the age of 13. In 2002, he won the Mystery Writers of Japan Prize and the Japan Science Fiction Award for Arabia no yoru no shuzoku (The Arabian Nightbreeds), a fantasy novel set in 13th-century Egypt. His other major novels include SOUNDTRACK (2003), the Mishima Prize-winner Love (2005) and Horses, Horses, in the End the Light Remains Pure (2011).

To reserve your place, please call the Japan Society office on 020 3075 1996 or email events@japansociety.org.uk or submit the online booking form.

 

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12 February
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