Tokyo Ueno Station

A thoughtful reader must wonder if bad luck alone explains the sorry fate of this wandering soul.

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As a high school dropout, a single mother and a Japan-born ethnic Korean, Yu Miri has always been a controversial yet surprisingly popular cultural outsider in Japan. Her first novel was banned by the courts. Her second novel, published in 1996, won a prestigious literary award for young writers. In her brief, moving, poetic new…

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