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Damian Flanagan

Damian Flanagan is an award-winning author and translator. After studying Japanese and English Literature at Cambridge University, he received his Ph.D in Japanese Literature from Kobe University and wrote his first book, a controversial study of Japan's greatest modern author Natsume Soseki, in Japanese. His second book (The Tower of London and other Stories, 2005) told the story of Soseki's experiences in Britain and won the US-Japan Friendship Commission Prize for the Translation of Japanese Literature. His third book, again in Japanese, was Natsume Soseki: Superstar of World Literature (2007). He has also contributed lengthy critical introductions to recent editions of Soseki's masterpieces, The Three Cornered World, The Gate and Kokoro as well as to Shusaku Endo's novel Scandal. His latest book is a biography of Yukio Mishima, published by Reaktion Books in London.

"I thought to turn off the electric heater that I had left on, but the rings had already long lost their redness. Electricity had gone; civilization was receding. I fumbled for my glasses, but was unable to find them anywhere so with blurred vision opened the window to see walls collapsed and motorcycles overturned, but everything still unearthly quiet, no fire alarms or people running panic stricken onto the street. Then the second quake struck. Perhaps not as strong as the first one, but this time received in full terror-stricken consciousness."

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