Eyes mark the shape of the city
The midnight hour approaches in an almost-empty diner. Mari sips her coffee and reads a book, but soon her solitude is disturbed: a girl has been beaten up at the Alphaville hotel, and needs Mari's help.
Meanwhile Mari's beautiful sister Eri lies in a deep, heavy sleep that is 'too perfect, too pure' to be normal; it has lasted for two months. But tonight as the digital clock displays 00:00, a hint of life flickers across the television screen in her room, even though it's plug has been pulled out.
Strange nocturnal happenings, or a trick of the night?
Stylish and enigmatic
The novel could be an allegory of sleep, a phenomenology of time, or a cinematic metafiction. Whatever it is, its memory lingers
The narrative carries considerable literary weight with a rare grace
A captivating mood piece, delicate and wistful
Tokyo has inspired all manner of writers, from home and abroad, seeking to evoke its unique atmosphere over the years.