The Margin Open Access

Oliver, Andres (2013)

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A young Japanese man named Yuto goes to work at a publishing house one morning to find that his perfectionist supervisor has made a mistake in his correction of a manuscript. This mistake is only the first in a series of strange events that lead him to believe he is being given a second chance with Shiori, a friend from high school whom he dated and broke up with in college due to a mysterious physical condition that becomes his obsession. Though Yuto is given clues to Shiori's presence in his life--she leaves him notes and various dishes of food, and his parents and others comment on the progress of their relationship--Yuto can find no trace of her as a tangible entity. In other words, their relationship seems to exist only in the realm of theory. Yuto becomes increasingly disconcerted by an assortment of mistakes in his surroundings, and he finds himself assailed by the same doubts about his condition that led to his first break from Shiori. This torment culminates in his being replaced by a theoretical Yuto as the lover of the theoretical Shoiri.

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