Slow Boat (Japanese Novellas #1) (Paperback)

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By Hideo Furukawa, David Boyd (Translated by)
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Slow Boat is the story of a floundering life told through the prism of failed romantic relationships.  The narrator wants to escape from Tokyo, but is  mysteriously unable to do so.  All of his girlfriends find a way free of the city however, dissolve their relationships with him as they go. The narrator finds success, and failure in his work life, but Tokyo continues to ensnare him, often in outrageously comic fashions. --Andrew

— From Staff Favorites List- Spring 2018


A startling novella from the heir to Haruki Murakami and Gabriel García Márquez

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.

About the Author

Hideo Furukawa was born in 1966 in Fukushima, and is highly regarded for the richness of his storytelling and his willingness to experiment; he changes his style with every new book. His best-known novel is the 2008 Holy Family, an epic work of alternate history set in northeastern Japan. He has received the Mystery Writers of Japan Award, the Japan SF Grand Prize and the Yukio Mishima award.

Translated by David Boyd.

Praise For…

" Translator David Boyd brings the slight and endearing story into riffing, confessional English." — The Wall Street Journal

"Not only readable but very enjoyable… bound to leave you engrossed in self-questioning." — Japan Society Magazine

Product Details
ISBN: 9781782273288
ISBN-10: 178227328X
Publisher: Pushkin Press
Publication Date: June 6th, 2017
Pages: 128
Language: English
Series: Japanese Novellas