Lee Langley

Adrift in Tokyo

The guilt felt by an abandoned young woman as she and her toddler struggle to survive is the painful subject of Yuko Tsushima’s novel

Before her death two years ago, Yuko Tsushima was a powerful voice in Japanese literature; a strong candidate for the Nobel. The New York Times rated her ‘one of the most important Japanese writers of her generation’.

Tsushima relentlessly quarried her damaged life for her work: she was brought up by her mother after her writer father committed suicide.

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