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Unofficial English translation of the first few pages of Hibana (火花) by Naoki Matayoshi (又吉 直樹)

In December of last year I had published a review on Naoki Matayoshi’s book “Hibana”, which has been very popular in Japan, winning several awards including the prestigious Akutagawa Prize. As part of my training to get more into translation, I decided on translating the first few pages of this novel into English. The book does… Read More »

Japanese Novel Review: Hibana (火花) by Naoki Matayoshi (又吉直樹)

In our trip to Japan this year, we visited many bookstores throughout the country. I love Japanese bookstores not only because I can see what is popular in literary Japan, but also because it’s fun to read the covers and backs of a bunch of books and figure out what type of book each is.… Read More »