The Last Children of Tokyo

by Yoko Tawada

I was amazed at the range of this surreal novella, set in a dystopian Japan, as it made me think about age, gender, civilisation, literature, power and responsibility. But above all to recognise the power of the love Yoshira, aged 104, feels for his 11 year old great grandson.


It was good that he'd picked ninety-nine rather than one hundred for the birthday dinner.... You could tell the younger relations by their rounded backs, thinning hair, pale faces and by how slowly their chopsticks moved. Realizing their descendants were in such a sad state because they'd been so feckless made the elderly feel guilty, dampening the festivities.
Translated by Margaret Mitsutani


The Book of Tokyo by Hiromi Kawakami
Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami
Norwegian by Night by Derek B. Miller

Read Extract

Books with similar rating


1. Select UK region:

Not in the UK?

Scotland Norther Ireland North East of England North West of England Yorkshire and the Humber Wales West Midlands East Midlands East of England London South West of England South East of England

Sign in


Whichbook Sign Up

Enter your email address to get started:

First name:
Last name:
Confirm password:


Email alerts are only available for registered users.