Umatachi yo, sore demo hikari wa muku de
[trans. Horses, Horses, in the End the Light Remains Pure]
Shinchōsha (Shinchō Bunko), 2018. 155 pp. ¥440. ISBN 978-4-10-130536-3.
Also published in: Albanian, English, and French
Before long, the fictional main character from Furukawa’s earlier epic Seikazoku [The Holy Family]—a sprawling novel set in the six prefectures of Japan’s northeastern Tōhoku region—appears and joins Furukawa’s group in their car, spinning out a new “tale.” Meanwhile, the author leaves Japan during a long vacation to participate in a gala literary event in New York City. While gazing at the World Trade Center site, he superimposes the events of 9/11 onto those of 3/11. Furthermore, scenes from contemporary Fukushima following the nuclear power plant accident are overlapped with beautiful images from the long-standing tradition known as the Sōma nomaoi, or “wild horse chase,” a military exercise in which wild horses are captured and offered to a Shintō shrine. This kind of style was probably the only way to write a realistic account of the chaotic situation after the earthquake. (NM)
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