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Harlequin butterfly


Successful entrepreneur A. A. Abrams is pursuing the enigmatic writer ‘Tomoyuki Tomoyuki’, who is never in one place for long. Very little is known about this wandering author, least of all his marvellous ability to write expertly in the tongue of wherever he happens to set foot. Abrams sinks endless resources into finding Tomoyuki, but this elusive writer seems to be both everywhere and nowhere, always taking off moments before being pinned down. Ingenious and dazzling, ‘Harlequin Butterfly’ unfolds one puzzle after another, taking us on a mind-bending journey into the imagination.

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A witty, dizzying literary caper about books, travel, and translation – perfect for fans of David Mitchell and the work of Hideaki Anno

This delightfully surreal novella follows the global pursuit of a mysterious writer who somehow writes in dozens of languages.

An affluent entrepreneur named A.A. Abrams sinks seemingly infinite resources into the global pursuit of a writer about whom very little is known. Abrams’ target, known as “Tomoyuki Tomoyuki,” moves from one place to another, producing work in the local language before moving on to another part of the world.

But how does Tomoyuki Tomoyuki move from one language to the next with such ease? Agents employed by the Abrams Institute attempt to make sense of the writer’s erratic movements and baffling writing habits, but come to find that within each puzzle is yet another puzzle, waiting to be unraveled. One puzzle leads to another in this delightful literary caper.

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Weight 0.108 kg
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 × 0.9 cm










Paperback original


895.636 (edition:23)


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