an English translation of the novel

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At that time I’ll make two other copies for a total of only three left behind. If someday in the future the old order, or something like it, is restored and all publications are censored, the existence of this record should be kept secret for as long as possible. I think three is just enough for such a situation.

In other words, this record is a long letter left to my countrymen a thousand years from now. {When it is read, our true intentions will be revealed, and whether or not they should start out on a new path should become obvious.}

 

I haven’t introduced myself yet.

My name is Saki Watanabe. I was born in the town of Kamisu 66 on December 10th, 210.

Just before I was born, a type of bamboo that only flowers once every hundred years all simultaneously came into bloom. Snow fell in the middle of a summer everyone thought would not see a drop of rain for three months. Basically every kind of abnormal weather phenomenon possible occurred. And then on the night of December 10th, when everyone thought the earth was wrapped in darkness, a flash of lightning illuminated what many would later say was a golden-scaled dragon swimming through the rifts between the clouds.

…the reality is, none of that ever happened.


4 Responses to Page 12

  1. “a type of bamboo” should be “bamboos of the type”. My reasoning is that the verb phrase “all simultaneously came into bloom” modifies the subject “a type” and “a type” can’t bloom, but “bamboos” can.

    • eerabbit says:

      i would say that “all simultaneously came into bloom” modifies the entire noun phrase “a type of bamboo”

  2. Chronopolis says:

    {When it is read, our true intentions will be revealed, and whether or not they should start out on a new path should become obvious.}
    is in fact something like:
    “By the time it is read, it should have also become evident whether we have been able to, in the true sense, change, and set foot along a new path.”

 
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