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Alberto Olmos y Lolita Bosch

Texts: “Pose”, by Alberto Olmos and “日本国” by Lolita Bosch.

(Crossed Destinations Series, 163 pages, 2011, ISBN 978-956-9101-00-7)

Japan, land of invention, could never remain the same. It’s a place that has already been written by culture but, nevertheless, is yet to be written.

While living in Mexico City, while moving back and forth between two languages, Catalan writer Lolita Bosch visualizes Japan as a shelter at the loss of her father. Memory is shaken from going back to the past so many times and then replaying it constantly. As a result, Japan becomes an ideal retreat; it offers the promise of a future that is yet to come.

Without going so far, Spanish narrator Alberto Olmos writes from the most radical present. He keeps chronological notes and entries in a diary that exceeds the purely virtual ; a diary written from the labyrinth that private-cosmopolitan Japan can be for any foreigner. But, as we all know, every diary contains its own fiction.

These two remarkable stories –that move from chronicles to non-fiction, using the same narrative strategies than one-way trips– envision a Japan populated by unspeakable names of people who travel through invented cities, trying to communicate in secret languages. The fact that both use particular circumstances and details –from the past or the present– are proof of the existence of a treasured world, a world that fights against oblivion by giving notoriety to specific situations, thus giving these small facts a place of their own; an imaginary existence.

Perhaps this is Japan, or at least the Japan described in these pages oddly shared by Olmos and Bosch: a Japan of possibility, of need, of invention.

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