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The Housekeeper and the Professor (Shinchosha , 2003)

The Housekeeper and the Professor tells the story of two people. He is a brilliant math professor who suffered a traumatic head injury and now has to live with only 80 minutes of short-term memory. She is a young housekeeper with a 10-year-old hired to care for him. Each morning they are introduced to each other and a relationship begins to bloom between them. Though he may not be able to remember people or events, he can still remember equations and these numbers seem to open up a poetic world.

The Housekeeper and the Professor is set in modern-day Japan and was written by Japanese author Yoko Ogawa. The novel was the first recipient of the Hon’ya Taisho award (Japan Booksellers Award). In January 2006, it was adapted into a film. The Housekeeper and the Professor only took two months to sell one million copies. In 2009, it was translated into English.

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