Tokyo Ueno Station


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$25.00  $23.00
Riverhead Books
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5.3 X 7.1 X 0.9 inches | 0.55 pounds

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About the Author

Yu Miri is a writer of plays, prose fiction, and essays, with over twenty books to her name. She received Japan's most prestigious literary award, the Akutagawa, and her bestselling memoir was made into a movie. After the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Fukushima, she began to visit the affected area, hosting a radio show to listen to survivor's stories. She relocated to Fukushima in 2015 and has opened a bookstore and theatre space to continue her cultural work in collaboration with those affected by the disaster.

Morgan Giles is a Japanese translator and reviewer. She lives in London.


Praise for Tokyo Ueno Station and Yu Miri

Tokyo Ueno Station is a dream: a chronicle of hope, loss, where we've been and where we're going. That Yu Miri could conjure so many realities simultaneously is nothing short of marvelous. The novel astounds, terrifies, and make the unseen concrete--entirely tangible and perennially effervescent, right there on the page. --Bryan Washington, author of Lot and Memorial

Glorious. --New York Times Book Review

[A] relatively slim novel that packs an enormous emotional punch, thanks to Yu's gorgeous, haunting writing and Morgan Giles' wonderful translation.... Yu does a magnificent job exploring the effects of all kinds of loss on the human psyche. Tokyo Ueno Station is a stunning novel, and a harsh, uncompromising look at existential despair. --NPR

Poetic... How Kazu comes to be homeless, and then to haunt the park, is what keeps us reading, trying to understand the tragedy of this ghostly everyman. Deftly translated by Morgan Giles... It is an urgent reminder of the radical divide between rich and poor in postwar Japan. --The Guardian

Spare, indelible. --O, the Oprah magazine

A novel of the world we all share -- not what we expect from a ghost story but frightening all the same. --Rumaan Alam, Washington Post

"Coolly meditative, subtly spectral... Yu's spare, empathetic prose beautifully expresses Kazu's perspective on the passage of time; he feels a 'constant absence from the present, an anger toward the future.' This slim but sprawling tale finds a deeply sympathetic hero in a man who feels displaced and longs for connection after it's too late." --โ˜…Publishers Weekly, STARRED reviewโ˜…

"Restrained and mature. A gemlike, melancholy novel infused with personal and national history." --โ˜…Kirkus Reviews, STARRED reviewโ˜…

"A surreal fable of splintered families, disintegrating relationships, and the casual devaluation of humanity." --โ˜…Booklist, STARRED reviewโ˜…

A radical and deeply felt work of fiction, psychogeography and history all at once, tapping us straight into the lifeblood of a Tokyo we rarely see: Tokyo from the margins, rooted in the city's most vulnerable and least visible lives - and deaths. --Elaine Castillo. author of America Is Not the Heart

One thing Yu can do is write. She is simultaneously a social outcast and a literary star, a dark, brooding presence on the bookshelves. A creative genius. --New York Times

Yu, an ethnic Korean in Japan, is no stranger to modern society's traps driven by nationalism, capitalism, classism, sexism. Her anglophoned latest (gratitude to translator Giles for providing fluent accessibility) is a surreal fable of splintered families, disintegrating relationships, and the casual devaluation of humanity. --Booklist (Starred Review)