Slow Boat by Hideo Furukawa
Trade paperback format. Part of Pushkin Press' excellent Japanese Novella series.
A startling novella from the heir to Haruki Murakami and Gabriel García Márquez
Trapped in Tokyo, left behind by a series of girlfriends, the narrator of Slow Boat sizes up his situation. His missteps, his violent rebellions, his tiny victories. But he is not a passive loser, content to accept all that fate hands him. He attempts one last escape to the edges of the city, holding the only safety net he has known – his dreams.
Filled with lyrical longing and humour, Slow Boat captures perfectly the urge to get away and the necessity of finding yourself in a world which might never even be looking for you.