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Originally published in 1937, “How Do You Live?” (“Kimitachi wa Dou Ikiru Ka”) by Genzaburo Yoshino is a coming-of-age tale that revolves around a teenage boy and his musings on science, friendship and bravery.

It became an instant bestseller in Japan in 2017 following an announcement that director Hayao Miyazaki, who cited the book as one of his childhood favorites, was adapting the story for an upcoming film. The manga edition went on to sell over 2 million copies. In October, the source material became available to non-Japanese readers with the first-ever English translation by Bruno Navasky.

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