“A Room Where the Star-Spangled Banner Cannot Be Heard” by Hideo Levy
This is a novel by Hideo Levy, an American author.
He was born in the United States and spent several years in Taipei when young owing to his father’s work. Although his native tongue is English, he wrote this novel in Japanese, which is his second language. There are some writers who succeeded in composing masterpieces in their second language such as Nabokov, Conrad, and Kundera. However, given the stark differences between Japanese and English, I must say he has accomplished something extraordinary. By the way, he is also a translator of Man'yōshū.