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Autofiction

by Hitomi Kanehara

Teenager Rin lives a nomadic life amid the gaming casinos and disco clubs in Tokyo. She clings onto whatever security she can find. Her life is tragic but Rin has one talent - she can write and her thoughts are conveyed in brilliantly direct prose as she vividly describes her life backwards from age 22 to 15 years. The descriptions of lowlife Tokyo and the teenage culture associated with the casinos and dance halls are very powerful.

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For now, I just want to enjoy the moment. Enjoy the fact that I'm drinking at this moment, that I'm dancing at this moment, that I'm laughing and having fun with everyone at this moment, that I'm doing any guy that I feel like doing at this moment. This moment is the moment that interests me ...
Translated by David James Karashima

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