airport_transferMade a resolution to read more this year? Here are some wonderful Japanese books to add to your to-be-read pile this year. So, here is a list of ten of my personally favorite Japanese books—new and old—to enjoy on a cold winter day like today. Published in , his debut novel, A Pale View of the Hills , follows the story of a middle-aged Japanese woman living alone in England. While dwelling on the recent suicide of her daughter, she looks inward and finds her memory returning to a summer she and her friends spent in Nagasaki, trying to rebuild life after the war. The novel follows Yoshie, a girl in her 20s whose father, a musician, dies of a strange love-murder-suicide pact with a stranger.
Genre recommendations: Japanese Literature + starter book recs - DECEMBER WRAP UP 2017
Best Japanese Books
So instead, here are 11 great Japanese writers and the best Japanese novels, in English, that you need to read during your trip to Japan. Note: Page Traveller is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon. The Tale of Genji depicts the culture of the Japanese imperial court and the rich complexity of human experience, told through interior monologues and beautiful poetry. Yukio Mishima is one of the most important Japanese novelists of the 20th century. He was considered for the Nobel Prize in Literature in , but the award eventually went to his countryman Yasunari Kawabata see below.
1) The Tale of Genji
Often dark but full of humor, Japanese literature showcases the idiosyncrasies of such a culturally driven nation. Murakami takes the reader on an unnerving journey through the minds and bodies of a set of friends whose main concerns are where they are going to get their next drug fix from. Accused by some critics of being crass and overindulgent, Murakami certainly does not shy away from graphic descriptions of mescaline-induced hallucinations and sudden moments of brutality, which serve to make the lives of his protagonists seem even more hollow and mundane. Almost Transparent Blue unfolds in a haze of debauchery to the soundtrack of The Doors and the urban soundscape of s Japan. Mishima was an actor, writer, model, playwright, poet, and was rumored to be a strong contender for the Nobel Prize in Literature. The focus is on female protagonists observing from strange places of isolation.