Literature

703 results for Category: Literature
  • Plage
    Tetsuya Honda

    Plage プラージュ

    This suspense novel focuses on a group of men and women who bear social ostracism as a result of missteps in their past that left them with a criminal record. Worn down by the demands… … Details

  • The Temple Bell
    Yoshikichi Furui

    The Temple Bell 鐘の渡り

    A collection of eight linked stories in which a writer in his mid-seventies?the first-person narrator who appears to be author Yoshikichi Furui’s double?ruminates over what he encounters in the course of his days. All but… … Details

  • Prime Minister A
    Shinya Tanaka

    In this political fable reminiscent of George Orwell’s 1984, protagonist and first-person narrator “T” is an author in his late thirties. In part because he’s out of ideas for stories, he decides to make a… … Details

  • India Crystal
    Setsuko Shinoda

    India Crystal インドクリスタル

    Set in a remote village in India, this is the story of a Japanese businessman who seeks to gain a supply of the natural crystals required for his small manufacturing business. He is rescued repeatedly… … Details

  • Winter Light
    Setsuko Shinoda

    Winter Light 冬の光

    Yasuhiro Tomioka was a baby-boomer, born in 1949. Like many of his generation he was a student activist in college, but upon graduation he went to work for a major heavy industry manufacturer with a… … Details

  • Chianki
    Tatsuya Mori

    Chianki チャンキ

    In a Japan of the near future, an irreversibly fatal disease of unknown cause has become epidemic and the country faces an existential threat. It is 2033. For the last 20 years or so, a… … Details

  • The Book of 300 Treacherous Women
    Hideo Furukawa

    The Book of 300 Treacherous Women 女たち三百人の裏切りの書

    The Tale of Genji, written just over a thousand years ago, has been called the world’s “oldest modern novel.” The work is attributed to Murasaki Shikibu (or Lady Murasaki), a noblewoman from the late 10th… … Details

  • The Strange Love of Fitter X
    Asako Hiruta

    The Strange Love of Fitter X フィッターXの異常な愛情

    A highly diverting romantic comedy in eight parts, centered on an upscale lingerie boutique and the expert male fitter who knows better than his customers how the undergirding makes the woman. Satsuko Kunieda, 32, is… … Details

  • Sparks
    Naoki Matayoshi

    Sparks 火花

    Centering on two struggling comedians, this fictional work by a highly regarded performer examines the artist’s life and the nature of humor in a manner that is at once philosophical and entertaining. Narrator Tokunaga joined… … Details

  • Jimi Hendrix Experience
    Yūshō Takiguchi

    Jimi Hendrix Experience ジミ・ヘンドリクス・エクスペリエンス

    A mid-length work in which 33-year-old Ippei remembers the events of an aimless road trip he made on a used 50 cc motorbike when he was a freshman in college. It was 14 years ago,… … Details

  • The Shrike Screams at Night
    Gō Ōsaka

    In this masterwork of hardboiled suspense, an exquisitely wrought plot keeps readers guessing all the way to the jaw-dropping reveal. A bomb goes off in Tokyo’s busy Shinjuku district, injuring 21 and killing two. One… … Details

  • The Y Tree
    Noboru Tsujihara

    The Y Tree Yの木

    This volume contains one mid-length and three short works of literary fiction. A well-rounded collection by a seasoned writer, it addresses a wide variety of themes from distinctive angles and with penetrating insights. The mid-length… … Details

  • Mist
    Shino Sakuragi

    Mist 霧 ウラル

    The story is set in the eastern Hokkaidō city of Nemuro, where the “Northern Territories”?the southernmost of the Kuril Islands, whose possession continues to be under dispute ever since they were occupied by the Soviet… … Details

  • The Twilight Mart
    Saki Murayama

    The Twilight Mart コンビニたそがれ堂

    This is the first volume in a tremendously popular series of linked stories that has grown to five volumes and counting. The tales are set in the fictional community of Kazahaya and center on a… … Details

  • Happiness in the Form of a Cat
    Rui Kodemari

    Happiness in the Form of a Cat 猫の形をした幸福

    Set against the constantly changing seasons of the American countryside, this story tells of the powerful bond that forms between a married couple and their beloved cat. It is based on author Rui Kodemari’s own… … Details

  • Where Sky and Ocean Meet
    Rui Kodemari

    Where Sky and Ocean Meet 空と海のであう場所

    Konoha Kakehashi, 32, is a freelance illustrator. One day she receives a request from the publisher of a forthcoming children’s story by Yūi Igarashi, alias “Arashi,” to provide illustrations for the volume. According to the… … Details

  • Metamorphosis
    Keisuke Hada

    Metamorphosis メタモルフォシス

    This volume’s two novellas feature sadomasochistic sex play in which the male partner is disciplined by a female “queen.” The name of the title work involves a clever bilingual wordplay. Metamorphosis refers to the process… … Details

  • Geckos, Frogs, and Butterflies
    Kaori Ekuni

    Geckos, Frogs, and Butterflies ヤモリ、カエル、シジミチョウ

    An unconventional novel about a married couple and their two children, told from multiple points of view?most prominently that of their five-year-old son, from whose not entirely juvenile perspective such themes as family, life and… … Details

  • Tokyo Imperial University Professor Eco
    Yoshinobu Kadoi

    A Japanese professor whose character is loosely inspired by Umberto Eco, the Italian semiotician, philosopher, and author of the best-selling The Name of the Rose, is the protagonist of this historical mystery set at the… … Details

  • Lone Wolf’s Issue
    Yūko Yuzuki

    This hardboiled thriller features a rogue detective who has no qualms about bending the law if it will help rein in the battling yakuza gangs of his city. The time is 1988, an era when… … Details