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What are the odds? The train isn't going to crash. I'm not going to die. An imagined terror is often far worse than reality. In this story, one man must face his terror of a simple train ride.
Kindle Edition, 11 pages
Published September 17th 2016
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This short story vividly captures the feelings of an extremely neurotic young man who is terrified of traveling, although his fears flow into almost every aspect of his life. The author skillfully captures and describes emotions such that the reader almost participates in them.
Tim Pendry

A very short early story of Tanizaki from 1913 that you might think is a horror story from the title but it is not. It is a quasi-comical take of extreme anxiety in a young man and not much more than that.
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「旦那、俥はいかゞでございます。」 「ナニいゝんだ。己は人を待ち合せて、大阪へ行くんだから。」 こんな事を云って、車夫を追拂いながら矢張りいつまでも腰を掛けて居た。「大阪へ行くんだから。」と答えたのが、自分には何だか、「もう直死ぬんだから。」と云うように響いた。“If any one should ask you, say I've gone to America!”こう叫んで、言下に右の蟀谷へピストルをあてゝ自殺をした『罪と罰』の中の Svidrigailoff のように、「私は大阪へ行くんだから。」と云って、忽ち眼を舞わして此の場へ悶絶したら、あの車夫はどんなに吃驚するだろう。
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Jun'ichirō Tanizaki (谷崎 潤一郎) was a Japanese author, and one of the major writers of modern Japanese literature, perhaps the most popular Japanese novelist after Natsume Sōseki.

Some of his works present a rather shocking world of sexuality and destructive erotic obsessions; others, less sensational, subtly portray the dynamics of family life in the context of the rapid changes in 20th-century Japa

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