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By Taichi Yamada

After coincidence, ailment, and the lack of his task and marriage, forty-eight-year-old Taura meets Mutsuko, surroundings his already derailed existence even additional off track. Their first stumble upon is, unseen, in an overcrowded medical institution. It later transpires that the mysterious Mutsuko is in her overdue sixties, but if they subsequent meet she is more youthful, in her forties, and the 2 likely fall in love. With Mutsuko's age reducing whenever they meet, even though, time swiftly begins to expire for those broken souls. brief and enigmatic, Yamada's novel is a daring and nerve-racking exploration of affection and loss.

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