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‘I wrote more to occupy my time and because writing was an activity suited to my hyperactive imagination and love of language, than to learn about Japan.’
‘A new feeling emerges, a desire to bear witness to the dignity and passion of our human lives. To write with as much simple presence and transparency as possible.’
‘They were mainly about two detectives driving around in fast cars, eating pizza, interspersed with the occasional anguished poem about a girl who worked on the bacon counter at Kwik Save.’