After the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, critically acclaimed writer Hideo Furukawa experienced an unsettling “imagination meltdown.”
“Novelists are artists, and usually imagination comes between them and reality,” Fukushima-born Furukawa says. “But when reality becomes something far beyond our imagination, we are exposed, rendered naked and reality moves closer to art. We must then confront reality directly.”
160 pages. Columbia University Press, Fiction.
With “Horses,” Furukawa admits he wants to keep the memory of the 3/11 tragedy alive. “Right after the earthquake, all I wanted was for the horrible situation to disappear as soon as possible. Now, over five years have passed and people are beginning to forget, so I want to remind readers about it.
I want all readers, whether they come from America, England, Australia or elsewhere, to share the experience. By reliving the experience together, perhaps something good will come out of such a terrible disaster.” See full article; click here