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Tokyo Ueno station / Yu Miri ; translated by Morgan Giles.

Yū, Miri, 1968- (author.). Giles, Morgan, (translator.).

Available copies

  • 3 of 3 copies available at Sage Library System.

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0 current holds with 3 total copies.

Summary:

"A surreal, devastating story of a homeless ghost who haunts one of Tokyo's busiest train stations. Kazu is dead. Born in Fukushima in 1933, the same year as the Japanese Emperor, his life is tied by a series of coincidences to the Imperial family and has been shaped at every turn by modern Japanese history. But his life story is also marked by bad luck, and now, in death, he is unable to rest, doomed to haunt the park near Ueno Station in Tokyo. Kazu's life in the city began and ended in that park; he arrived there to work as a laborer in the preparations for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics and ended his days living in the vast homeless village in the park, traumatized by the destruction of the 2011 tsunami and shattered by the announcement of the 2020 Olympics. Through Kazu's eyes, we see daily life in Tokyo buzz around him and learn the intimate details of his personal story, how loss and society's inequalities and constrictions spiraled towards this ghostly fate, with moments of beauty and grace just out of reach. A powerful masterwork from one of Japan's most brilliant outsider writers, Tokyo Ueno Station is a book for our times and a look into a marginalized existence in a shiny global megapolis." -- from book jacket.
Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Circulation Modifier Age Hold Protection Active/Create Date Status Due Date
Baker County Library YU (Miri) (Text) 37814003412104 FICTION - NEW Book System_Only_3months 07/19/2021 Available -
Lake County Main Library - Lakeview FIC MIRI (Text) 37620000963530 New Adult Book System_Only_3months 04/05/2021 Available -
The Dalles Wasco County Library MIRI (Text) 33892006645932 NEW BOOKS New/High Demand None 01/20/2021 Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780593088029
  • ISBN: 0593088026
  • Physical Description: 180 pages ; 19 cm
  • Edition: First American edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2020.

Content descriptions

General Note:
"First published in Japan by Kawade Shobåo Shinsha as JR Ueno-eki Koen-guchi, Tokyo, 2014. First published in Great Britain in paperback in English by Tilted Axis Press, London, 2019"--Title page verso.
Summary, etc.:
"A surreal, devastating story of a homeless ghost who haunts one of Tokyo's busiest train stations. Kazu is dead. Born in Fukushima in 1933, the same year as the Japanese Emperor, his life is tied by a series of coincidences to the Imperial family and has been shaped at every turn by modern Japanese history. But his life story is also marked by bad luck, and now, in death, he is unable to rest, doomed to haunt the park near Ueno Station in Tokyo. Kazu's life in the city began and ended in that park; he arrived there to work as a laborer in the preparations for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics and ended his days living in the vast homeless village in the park, traumatized by the destruction of the 2011 tsunami and shattered by the announcement of the 2020 Olympics. Through Kazu's eyes, we see daily life in Tokyo buzz around him and learn the intimate details of his personal story, how loss and society's inequalities and constrictions spiraled towards this ghostly fate, with moments of beauty and grace just out of reach. A powerful masterwork from one of Japan's most brilliant outsider writers, Tokyo Ueno Station is a book for our times and a look into a marginalized existence in a shiny global megapolis." -- from book jacket.
Language Note:
Translated from the Japanese.
Awards Note:
National Book Award Winner, 2020
Subject: Homeless persons > Japan > Fiction.
Working class > Japan > Fiction.
Parks > Japan > Tokyo > Fiction.
Loss (Psychology) > Fiction.
Japan > Social conditions > 21st century > Fiction.
Tokyo (Japan) > Fiction.
Ueno Kōen (Tokyo, Japan) > Fiction.
Genre: Ghost stories.
Novels.

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