[The People of Kirikiri]
Shinchōsha (Shinchō Bunko), 1985. Vol. I: 501 pp. ¥710. ISBN 978-4-10-116816-6. Vol. II: 502 pp. ¥710. ISBN 978-4-10-116817- 3. Vol. III: 520 pp. ¥710. ISBN 978-4-10-116818-0.
Translation underway in: Korean
As the first writer to visit this newly formed country, Furuhashi gets drawn into the hubbub of commotion surrounding the independence. After being awarded the First Kirikiri Grand Prize for Literature, he climbs all the way up to the position of president. Firmly refusing to recognize the Kirikiri nation, Japan charges its leaders with the crime of rebellion/riotous assembly and dispatches the Self-Defense Forces to suppress the rebels. The people of Kirikiri resist through a series of unconventional schemes, but can they really maintain their independence?
Containing a radical critique of postwar Japan and overflowing with humor and whimsy from beginning to end, this long novel is a welcome rehabilitation of Tōhoku, which always has gotten the short end of the stick in the process of the modernization of the Japanese state. At the same time, it displays an unparalleled level of achievement as a utopian novel that makes full use of the vitality of the Japanese language. (NK)
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