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How Do You Live?

26 October, 2021

Young boy riding a bicycle who is looking up at the sky. He's on a road lined with green trees and bushes. There is a river and hills behind him. There is a blue sky with some puffy clouds. It is daylight but the moon is also also up behind the boy.How Do You Live? by Genzaburo Yoshino translated by Bruno Navasky
Algonquin Young Readers

How Do You Live? is narrated in two voices. The first belongs to Copper, fifteen, who after the death of his father must confront inevitable and enormous change, including his own betrayal of his best friend. In between episodes of Copper’s emerging story, his uncle writes to him in a journal, sharing knowledge and offering advice on life’s big questions as Copper begins to encounter them. Over the course of the story, Copper, like his namesake Copernicus, looks to the stars, and uses his discoveries about the heavens, earth, and human nature to answer the question of how he will live.

This first-ever English-language translation of a Japanese classic about finding one’s place in a world both infinitely large and unimaginably small is perfect for readers of philosophical fiction like The Alchemist and The Little Prince, as well as Miyazaki fans eager to understand one of his most important influences. — Cover image and summary via Goodreads


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