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The Japanese novel has taken some interesting twists and turns in the post-bubble era, but quality has often been the price of experimentation.

Masahiko Shimada’s novel “Dream Messenger,” which focuses on a mother’s search for her missing son, deserves attention for first-rate writing and a willingness to fuse different genres and cross cultural boundaries. In it, Shimada mixes reality and fantasy as it suits him.

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