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— by Eric Margolis: Manzai comedian Naoki Matayoshi’s debut novel “Spark” became just that in 2015—fireworks of a novel, pulling excellent sales behind the marketing muscle of the Yoshimoto Kogyo entertainment conglomerate, earning swift adaptations for film and TV, all the while receiving stellar critical accolades and winning Japan’s most prestigious literary prize. It took five years for the English edition to find its way to publication, and we finally saw one earlier this year, translated by Alison Watts…

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