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Old 01-07-2011, 03:32 PM   #1
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Japanese Fiction

I'm fascinated by Japanese literature and culture and wonder if anyone shares the passion or has a reccomendation?

I've read many Japanese classics like The Tale of Genji and the works of Natsume Soseki. I've also read some modern work by authors like Murakami (all of it!), Natsuo Kirino, Banana Yoshimoto, and Ryu Murakami. I just purchased in DTB (not available ANYWHERE in ebook) Kodansha Press' translation of The Waiting Years by Fumiko Enchi.

So anyone else up for some good Japanese Lit?
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Old 01-07-2011, 03:43 PM   #2
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Classic authors you might enjoy are Inoue Yasushi, Kawabata Yasunari (one of my favorites), Mishima Yukio.
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Also, the story of Musashi (a famous samurai) by Yoshikawa Eiji.
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Old 01-07-2011, 03:51 PM   #4
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Also, the story of Musashi (a famous samurai) by Yoshikawa Eiji.
Read that one. My list of classic literature was far from inclusive. Once I can get home and look at migh shelves, I might beef it up a bit.
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Old 01-07-2011, 04:41 PM   #5
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You might be interested in Kyoko Mori - a Japanese immigrant to the States - as a writer. I've read a couple of her memoirs, which cover quite a bit of cultural ground, but no fiction.
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Old 01-07-2011, 06:18 PM   #6
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Not written by a Japanese author, but does have a great deal of Japanese culture in it: The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell.
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Old 01-07-2011, 08:20 PM   #7
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Indeed - many of David Mitchell's books are set in Japan - modern and historical.
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Old 01-07-2011, 08:24 PM   #8
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I second FlorenceArt's recommendation of Kawabata. I too love most of the translated Japanese Fiction I have read, and Kawabata's novels are near the top. You might also like "The Woman of the Dunes" by Kobo Abe.
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Old 01-07-2011, 08:31 PM   #9
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There's an interesting one:

http://www.amazon.com/Curious-Casebo.../dp/0824831004

also

http://www.amazon.com/Best-Japanese-...dp/0942637283/
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One of my favorite collections of horror stories is Edogawa Rampo's Tales of Mystery and Imagination--some truly disturbing stories from the first great Japanese mystery writer. Ryunosuke Akutagawa is also excellent, although only a few of his stories are mysteries or horror in the traditional sense (if you've seen the film Rashamon, it's based on one of his tales).

I should add though, that no Rampo is available in ebook format in English. I think one volume of Akutagawa is.

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Old 01-08-2011, 05:32 PM   #11
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I second FlorenceArt's recommendation of Kawabata. I too love most of the translated Japanese Fiction I have read, and Kawabata's novels are near the top. You might also like "The Woman of the Dunes" by Kobo Abe.
I third the recommendation of Kawabata, and share your passion for Japanese literature. I even took a few classes in Japanese, but I'm not at a level where I can read Japanese literature in the original language - maybe someday!
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I have this in paperback, and the story "The Savage Mouth" is truly 'memorable'! Engrossing and disturbing. I'm glad I read it .
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For fiction, in no particular order, I like Junnosuke Yoshiyuki, Seicho Matsumoto, Fumiko Enchi, Haruki Murakami, Junichiro Tanizaki, Yukio Mishima, Yoji Yamaguchi, Banana Yoshimoto, Ruth Ozeki, Kazuo Ishiguro.
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For fiction, in no particular order, I like Junnosuke Yoshiyuki, Seicho Matsumoto, Fumiko Enchi, Haruki Murakami, Junichiro Tanizaki, Yukio Mishima, Yoji Yamaguchi, Banana Yoshimoto, Ruth Ozeki, Kazuo Ishiguro.

The above are good and I would add, Shusako Endo, Kobo Abe, Ryu Murukami, Osamu Dazai, Junichiro Tanizaki, Natsume Soseki ( who was on the 1000 yen note for a long time), Kenzaburo Oe (Nobel Prize winner),

As for me my favorites are Dazai, Abe Kobo and Endo Shuzako,

Endo Shusako's Silence and Abe's Woman in the Dunes are very famous novels and the latter was made into a very famous film in Japanese. Soseki is a bit of a God in Japanese literaure as well as Mishima.

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The above are good and I would add, Shusako Endo, Kobo Abe, Ryu Murukami, Osamu Dazai, Junichiro Tanizaki, Natsume Soseki ( who was on the 1000 yen note for a long time), Kenzaburo Oe (Nobel Prize winner),

As for me my favorites are Dazai, Abe Kobo and Endo Shuzako,

Endo Shusako's Silence and Ab'es Woman in the Dunes are very famous novels and the latter was made into a very famous film in Japanese. Soseki is a bit of a God in Japanese literaure as well as Mishima.
Thanks. I'll look into some of your recommendations. Tanizaki is one my favorites. I couldn't get into Kenzaburo Oe, but have been meaning to take another crack at him.
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