A number of Japanese writers have won acclaim for using the dystopian society genre as a commentary on real-world issues, including Haruki Murakami and Koushun Takami. Joining their ranks is Yoko Tawada, whose latest novel, "The Emissary," depicts life in Japan after an environmental catastrophe.

The Emissary, by Yoko Tawada, Translated by Margaret Mitsutani.
128 pages