Literature

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  • Soy! A Tale of the Magnificent Bean
    Shin Segawa

    Soy! A Tale of the Magnificent Bean SOY!大いなる豆の物語

    A novel in which a young man who lives on the outskirts of Tokyo and has no stable job traces his roots back over a hundred years and gains a new perspective on his life… … Details

  • Stars or Beasts
    Tahi Saihate

    Stars or Beasts 星か獣になる季節

    This volume by a poet making her first foray into fiction contains two novellas linked through shared characters and events. The title refers to a line said to be from an English textbook, which describes… … Details

  • One Horn!
    Kyōko Nakajima

    One Horn! かたづの!

    Set in the final years of Japan’s turbulent Sengoku period (c. 1467?1603) and the first few decades of the Edo era (1603?1867), the story portrays the life of a minor feudal lord’s wife who steps… … Details

  • One in 1.3 Billion: The Man Who Won the Chinese Throne after the Greatest Power Struggle in the World
    Kenji Minemura

    One in 1.3 Billion: The Man Who Won the Chinese Throne after the Greatest Power Struggle in the World 十三億分の一の男 中国皇帝を巡る人類最大の権力闘争

    Based on his personal, on-the-ground reporting from Washington D.C., Los Angeles, Beijing, Shanghai, and elsewhere, author Kenji Minemura offers up a behind-the-scenes account of recent U.S.-China relations, as well as of the inside politics that… … Details

  • The Woman on Everybody's Lips
    Hideo Okuda

    In a depressed regional city where there are few decent jobs and old customs die hard, an enchantress wraps wealthy men around her little finger and ultimately rakes in their money. Although she is not… … Details

  • Diana the Book Clerk
    Asako Yuzuki

    Diana the Book Clerk 本屋さんのダイアナ

    With story elements and associations that have prompted its publisher to call it “a contemporary Anne of Green Gables,” this tale centers on Diana, eight years old at the outset and a lover of books… … Details

  • A Long Goodbye
    Kyōko Nakajima

    A Long Goodbye 長いお別れ

    After a career as a middle-school teacher and principal, the retired Shōhei Higashi begins showing signs of dementia in his seventies. Eight linked stories trace the challenges he, his wife, and their three daughters face… … Details

  • Goodbye Nirvana
    Misumi Kubo

    Goodbye Nirvana さよなら、ニルヴァーナ

    A controversial novel based loosely on a series of child assaults and murders that took place in Kōbe in 1997. The real-world events on which this work is based involved attacks on five grade-school children?four… … Details

  • Sublime Chorus
    Kanae Minato

    A collection of four linked stories about Japanese women who find themselves drawn to the South Pacific island nation of Tonga and go through life-changing experiences there. The title work, which comes last in the… … Details

  • Innocent Days
    Kazumasa Hayami

    Innocent Days イノセント・デイズ

    Yukino Tanaka, a 24-year-old woman with a history of stalking her former lover, grows infuriated by his apparently happy marriage and sets fire to the wood-frame apartment building where he lives, killing his wife and… … Details

  • Flower of the Desert
    Ryoue Tsukimura

    A battle-action novel set on eastern Africa’s Somali Peninsula?also known as the Horn of Africa. The Japan Ground Self-Defense Force 1st Airborne Brigade is participating in a multinational coalition formed to pursue pirates operating with impunity… … Details

  • The Spell
    Tomoyuki Hoshino

    This novel portraying the growing economic inequalities that divide Japanese society into winners and losers?with the latter venting their frustrations by lashing out at one another?offers a twisted, near-future projection of where the country may… … Details

  • Call Me When You Want to Die
    Yongduk Lee

    Call Me When You Want to Die 死にたくなったら電話して

    In this contemporary romance filled with noir elements, a young man is lifted to the pinnacles of ecstasy when seduced by a peerless beauty, but then just as quickly finds himself plunged into the depths… … Details

  • Let Me Tell You: What Your Dog TRULY Wants to Say
    Anela

    Let Me Tell You: What Your Dog TRULY Wants to Say 犬の気持ち、通訳します

    “Which foods do you like the best?”“Why do you behave so badly?”“Are you REALLY happy?” Haven’t you ever wanted to ask your pet questions like that?We may never know how they would answer?but Anela does.… … Details

  • “I Was Happy to Be with You”: Lovely Stories I Heard from Dogs
    Hana Yamaguchi

    “I Was Happy to Be with You”: Lovely Stories I Heard from Dogs あなたと暮らせてよかった―犬から聞いた素敵な話

    Dogs can be members of our family, and partners in our lives. That was the message of the author’s previous work, Lovely Stories I Heard from Dogs: Fourteen Tales That Will Make You Cry, a… … Details

  • Scrap and Build
    Keisuke Hada

    Scrap and Build スクラップ・アンド・ビルド

    This is the story of an unemployed young man who becomes his elderly grandfather’s main caregiver. Twenty-eight-year-old Kento Tanaka lives in suburban Tokyo with his mother, who still holds down a full-time job in her… … Details

  • My One True Love
    Takahiro Ueda

    My One True Love 私の恋人

    Author Takahiro Ueda has earned a reputation for breaking the normal conventions of fiction, and in this work he trains his sights on 100,000 years of human history. The first-person narrator addresses both other characters… … Details

  • Laplace’s Witch
    Keigo Higashino

    Laplace’s Witch ラプラスの魔女

    Author Keigo Higashino marks 30 years since his literary debut with this, his 80th work, a scientific mystery. A death occurs at Akakuma Hot Springs in northeastern Honshu. The deceased is a hotshot film producer,… … Details

  • Burning Beloved
    Kanako Nishi

    Burning Beloved 炎上する君

    This volume contains eight short stories about people who become caught up in some fixation and find it altering their lives. The title story centers on two women, Nashida and Hamanaka, who have been close friends… … Details

  • About Kiriko
    Kanako Nishi

    About Kiriko きりこについて

    Raised by loving parents, Kiriko grows up with a strong sense of self-esteem, and she is a leader from the time she is small. When she’s in the first grade, she finds a black kitten… … Details