Fiction

622 results for Category: Fiction
  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Bibi Goes to Africa
    Ichirō Tagawa / Mitsuo Nakamura

    Bibi Goes to Africa ビビのアフリカ旅行

    This is a sequel to Bibi, a picture book for adults set in author Ichirō Tagawa’s hometown in Yamaguchi Prefecture and telling of a stray cat named Bibi and a middle-aged man who have a… … Details

  • The Phantom on December 8
    Fuyuaki Jikihara

    The Phantom on December 8 十二月八日の幻影

    An intelligent and thrilling entertainment that follows the covert exploits of spies on the eve of hostilities between Japan and the United States in December 1941. Saburō Shiota is an ensign in the Imperial Navy.… … Details

  • Century Law
    Muneki Yamada

    Century Law 百年法

    This highly suspenseful science-fiction novel is set in a future when humanity has discovered how to stop the aging process and yet must deal with the consequences. Japan, now a republic, faces multiple national crises… … Details

  • Violeta
    Haruna Terachi

    Violeta ビオレタ

    Tae Tanaka is 27. She quits her job to marry Shin’ichi, the man she has been seeing for four years, only to have him call off the wedding and break up with her. She is… … Details

  • Takeoff
    Akiko Itoyama

    Takeoff 離陸

    Though this narrative is structured as a suspenseful mystery, much of its interest lies in the telling way author Akiko Itoyama probes the emotional and psychological effects of sudden loss. Hiromu Satō grew up in… … Details

  • The Heroic Legend of Arslan 1: The Royal Capital Burns
    Yoshiki Tanaka

    The Heroic Legend of Arslan 1: The Royal Capital Burns アルスラーン戦記1:王都炎上

    Known for its abundant resources, the Kingdom of Pars has been subject to numerous attacks by surrounding states, but it has always successfully repelled them. So when the Lusitanian army invades, King Andragoras III never… … Details

  • Forbidden Magic
    Keigo Higashino

    Forbidden Magic 禁断の魔術

    What science and technology can achieve depends on the character of the user, and in the wrong hands is liable to become “forbidden magic” . . . In 2012, author Keigo Higashino published two volumes… … Details

  • Wujing’s Departure
    Manabu Makime

    This volume contains five short stories that could be called “spinoffs” of well-known Chinese classics. Author Manabu Makime trains his lens on supporting characters as a means of highlighting the allure of classical Chinese literature… … Details