The Fall of Language in the Age of English, an important work of criticism by prominent Japanese novelist Minae Mizumura, is now available in English from Columbia University Press. The translation is done by myself and Juliet Winters Carpenter, a veteran translator of many works of Japanese literature.
This is an extremely book that addresses the questions of what it means for to read and write in one’s “national language” in the world today where English dominates as the singular universal language. It is of relevance to a wide range of scholars and general readers interested in the issues of language, literature, and translation. A must read, along with Mizumura’s wonderfully gripping novel, A True Novel.