This short, 138 page, dystopia novel won the 2018 National Book Award for translated literature.
Set in Japan at a time following an undisclosed disaster, the country has isolated itself from the rest of the world. Reminiscent of Orwell’s 1984, the government controls the language of the people; foreign words are banned, the meanings of many other words are changed. Children are born weak and fail to thrive, while older adults flourish and live to advanced ages.
This is a strange and challenging novel.