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Small Press Book Group: Tokyo Ueno Station by Yu Miri (trans. Morgan Giles)
July 2 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Discover new voices from all over the world, published by small, independent and innovative presses.
If you’re interested in broadening your reading horizons and picking up books that are published by the growing number of innovative, creative small presses, this group is for you! From fiction in translation to local micro presses, the Small Press Book Group celebrates and explores all that the publishing world has to offer! How it works Reserve a space on the website for the next book group, or call/email/pop in to the shop to reserve a place. Please let us know in plenty time if you can no longer attend so we can offer your place to someone else. Please turn up on time so we can begin the discussion promptly. Please read the book before coming!
In the next Small Press Book Group we’re reading Tokyo Ueno Station by Yu Miri and translated by Morgan Giles, a novel about resistance and people on the margins, published by Tilted Axis Press.
Born in Fukushima in 1933, the same year as the Emperor, Kazu’s life is tied by a series of coincidences to Japan’s Imperial family and to one particular spot in Tokyo; the park near Ueno Station – the same place his unquiet spirit now haunts in death. It is here that Kazu’s life in Tokyo began, as a labourer in the run up to the 1964 Olympics, and later where he ended his days, living in the park’s vast homeless ‘villages’, traumatised by the destruction of the 2011 tsunami and enraged by the announcement of the 2020 Olympics.
Akutagawa-award-winning author Yu Miri uses her outsider’s perspective as a Zainichi (Korean-Japanese) writer to craft a novel of utmost importance to this moment, a powerful rebuke to the Imperial system and a sensitive, deeply felt depiction of the lives of Japan’s most vulnerable people.