Posts Tagged ‘Japan’

Colorless Tsukuru and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami

 Shortlisted for the 2015 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize Translated from the Japanese by Philip Gabriel Five words from the blurb: friends, school, death, connections, reason Tsukuru is 36, but as a teenager he was part of a group of five friends. One day they stopped talking to him and he felt abandoned. He hasn’t seen […]

From the Fatherland, With Love by Ryu Murakami

  Translated from the Japanese by Ralph McCarthy, Charles De Wolf, and Ginny Tapley Takemori Five words from the blurb: Japan, invaded, North Korean, troops, death From the Fatherland, With Love is a political thriller which describes a scarily plausible series of events in which North Korean special forces invade Japan. The book begins with […]

Strange Weather in Tokyo by Hiromi Kawakami

 Translated from the Japanese by Allison Markin Powell Shortlisted for 2012 Man Asian Literary Prize Five words from the blurb: romance, old, teacher, friendship, solace Strange Weather is Tokyo is a beautifully written story about the friendship that develops between Tsukiko and one of her former high school teachers. The pair meet by chance in […]

The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea by Yukio Mishima

Translated from the Japanese by John Nathan Five words from the blurb: savage, boys, mother, affair, sailor Yukio Mishima is an important Japanese author; infamous for committing seppuku (ritual suicide) at the age of forty-five. He was born into a samurai family and is renowned for having complete control over both his mind and body. I was […]

A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

Five words from the blurb: diary, girl, tsunami, change, life A Tale for the Time Being is an unusual mixture of Japanese and Western literature. The book begins with Ruth, a woman living on a remote Canadian island, discovering a lunchbox on the beach. The lunchbox is one of many items to be washed across […]

Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami

Five words from the blurb: unicorn, librarians, descent, tradegy, detachment Hard-Boiled Wonderland is my fifth Murakami (I’ve read Wild Sheep Chase, Norwegian Wood, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle and Kafka on the Shore) but although I loved the bizarre scenes, I think I understood this book less than any of the others I’ve read. The book […]