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This article analyzes the art of digression in Abe Kazushige's 1994 debut novel Amerika no yoru arguing that it is an expression of écriture, meaning borderless writing that pushes the boundaries of form. International research has tended to limit the impact of Abe Kazushige's 1990s fiction to his 1997 bestseller Individual Projection, which was heavily featured in the 1998 J-Bungaku marketing campaign. In contrast, this article spotlights novels and short stories that appeared before thedoi:10.11588/br.2020.7.13588 fatcat:jscxa62ld5a5jb5bkxwa2mgpje