Hideo Furukawa was born in 1966 in Fukushima, and is highly regarded for the richness of his storytelling and his willingness to experiment; he changes his style with every new book. His best-known novel is the 2008 Holy Family, an epic work of alternate history set in northeastern Japan. He has received the Mystery Writers of Japan Award, the Japan SF Grand Prize, and the Yukio Mishima Award.
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Kathleen McCaul Moura worked as a journalist for the BBC and Al Jazeera before publishing two novels. Her nonfiction has appeared in the London Review of Books, Granta, and the Guardian, among other publications. She is the editor of Megacity and is currently working on a novel based on her experience of living in São Paulo, funded by CHASE research board.
David Boyd is assistant professor of Japanese at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He has translated novels and stories by Hiroko Oyamada, Masatsugu Ono, and Toh EnJoe, among others. His translation of Hideo Furukawa’s Slow Boat (Pushkin Press, 2017) won the 2017/2018 Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission (JUSFC) Prize for the translation of Japanese literature. With Sam Bett, he is cotranslating the novels of Mieko Kawakami for Europa Editions.