[trans. The Emissary]
Kōdansha (Kōdansha Bunko), 2017. 272 pp. ¥650. ISBN 978-4-06-293728-3.
Also published in: Chinese (traditional and simplified characters), Czech, Dutch, English, German, Romanian, Thai, and Turkish
At the center of the story is a youth known as “Nameless.” He is powerless, but his life offers a beacon of hope. He is not a prisoner of the past and is not prey to self-pity or pessimism. This boy, whose voice does not change with age, who does not grow into an adult, his hair white in spite of his youth, waits for the time when he will cross the sea and set off for the unknown, forbidden world beyond.
The author depicts an era in which people have started to doubt the faith that supported Japan’s modernization. Through the image of this mysterious yet strangely attractive boy, the novel gives readers a glimpse of “the beauty of the time that is yet to come.” (NK)
Translation rights inquiries
(attn. Kitaoka Morio, International Rights Dept.)
2-12-21 Otowa, Bunkyō-ku, Tokyo
(When sending an e-mail, please enter a half-width character "@" instead of a full-width character "＠.")