Japanese fiction in translation

Cover image for A Wild Sheep Chase by Haruki Murakami

Five Japanese Novels I’ve Read

I’ve long been fascinated by Japan, partly because it’s so very different from my own country and partly because it seems to me to be a place of contradictions – on the one hand a set of very traditional, sometimes ancient values and beliefs, on the other an ultra-modern, throwaway urban culture. Or at least …

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Cover image for Sweet Bean Paste by Durian Sukegawa

Sweet Bean Paste by Durian Sukegawa (transl. Alison Watts): More than just a simple confection

I seem to have been on a bit of a Oneworld roll recently: first They Know Not What They Do – not without its faults but worth reading – then The Invisible Life of Euridice Gusmao, which looks set fair to be one of my books of 2017, and now Durian Sukegawa’s Sweet Bean Paste. …

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