This essay-reportage is the author’s answer to the tragic events of March 2011 — the great earthquake in the Tōhoku region, tsunami, and Fukushima nuclear power plant catastrophe. Against the orders of the government, the author — together with a team of journalists — comes back to his homeland in Minami-Sōmie in Fukushima prefecture. In the depopulated areas, he sees scenes of destruction, abandoned animals and echoes of the characters of his earlier novels. Gripping, threaded with despair but incredibly erudite narration makes Horses, Horses the literary canon of Japanese post-3.11 literature.
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