This page contains information about the Japanese novel “House Ephemera” (蜉蝣の家) written by Hatasu Shikishima (識島果).
You can see the original work’s page here, which contains the synopsis and links to all original chapters.
I first met him–a man exuding a certain silence–on the station platform at dusk.
I was Joe Sasayama, a medical student. But in another era, I was Andrews Levin of Roadford.
In both lives, I kept running into this mysterious man in a Chesterfield coat, a terrible sadness in his striking amber-colored eyes.
I would soon discover this man knew so much, almost too much, about our world–including about myself.
Who was he? What did he want with me?
My heart nearly skipped a beat when he asked me a disturbing question:
“What do you think kills people?”
I hope you’ll join me on a serene, surreal tale of intertwining past and present.
- Chapter 1: translation (original)
- Chapter 2: translation (original)
- Chapter 3: translation (original)
- Chapter 4: translation (original)
- Chapter 5: translation (original)