Open a book this minute and start reading. Don’t move until you’ve reached page fifty. Until you’ve buried your thoughts in print. Cover yourself with words. Wash yourself away. Dissolve. Carol Shields Republic of Love

Japanese Literature Challenge 4

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Goal: Read one Japanese Novel between June 1, 2010 and Jan 31, 2011

I took some courses in university in Japanese History and read a fair number of novels then, but, since, I have read Japanese authors spottily.

One particular favourite, however, is Banana Yoshimoto and I still have one of her works to look forward to: Hardboiled and Hard Luck Trans. from the Japanese by Michael Emmerich (1999, trans. 2005). I fell in love with Kitchen and, since, have read some of her novels, so it’s with mixed feelings that I strike the last of her translated works from my list.

And I might yet get to these two, for bonus points:
The Apprenticeship of Big Toe P by Rieko Matsuura (1994, trans. Michael Emmerich 2009)
and Miyuki Miyabe’s Crossfire (1998).


1 comment to Japanese Literature Challenge 4 2010

  • I loved Kitchen, also, and I just finished the second work of hers that I’ve read: Goodbye Tsugumi. She’s a wonderful author. I’m glad you’ve joined the JLC4, and I look forward to your thoughts and reviews. Welcome!

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