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Spark

Spark

Author(s): Naoki Matayoshi, Alison Watts (translator)

Location(s): Tokyo

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): 21st Century

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The cult Japanese phenomenon – a hilarious, prizewinning bestseller about making it in Manzai comedy

Tokunaga is a young comedian struggling to make a name for himself when he is taken under the wing of Kamiya, who is either a crazy genius or perhaps just crazy. Kamiya’s indestructible confidence inspires Tokunaga, but it also makes him doubt the limits of his own talent, and dedication to Manzai comedy.

Spark is a story about art and friendship, about countless bizarre drunken conversations and how far it’s acceptable to go for a laugh. A novel about comedy that’s as moving and thoughtful as it is funny, it’s already been a sensation in Japan.

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Author: Tina Hartas

I have read quite a few novels set in Japan recently, all defined by their short length, with a quirky and culture specific take. Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi, Strange Weather...

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Enter the 2021TripFiction 'Sense of Place' Creative Writing Competition!

A story in which the location plays as important a role as the rest of your words.

2,500 word maximum, 750 word minimum

Judges include Victoria Hislop and Rosanna Ley

First Prize of £1,000 / US$1,350

Prizes total £1,750 / US$2,362 

Winning entry published on TripFiction site and publicised on Social Media

Entries close 6th November 2021