Fiction

622 results for Category: Fiction
  • Prayer in the Ruins
    Joh Sasaki

    Prayer in the Ruins 廃墟に乞う

    Takashi Sendo, a police detective on leave for a depressive emotional disorder, is the protagonist of this set of linked stories about six incidents in small-town Hokkaido. Although still recuperating and without any official authority,… … Details

  • Ground Zero
    Yuichi Seirai

    These six linked stories examine life in Nagasaki six decades after the atomic bomb detonated over the city at 11:02 a.m. on August 9, 1945. Nagasaki is historically marked not only by that catastrophe but… … Details

  • Final Dwelling
    Ken'ichiro Isozaki

    Final Dwelling 終の住処

    A plot summary does little justice to this novella, which essentially concerns time itself. The tale fast-forwards through more than two decades in the life together of a husband and wife (neither even named) who… … Details

  • Breasts and Eggs
    Mieko Kawakami

    The title pretty much says it all about this novella and its frank focus on female sexuality. The story unfolds from the perspective of a narrator whose life alone in Tokyo is disrupted when her… … Details

  • A Grave for Nameless Orphans
    Masaya Nakahara

    A Grave for Nameless Orphans 名もなき孤児たちの墓

    "Dumb" 81, "blood" 25, "sex" 18: that's the tally novelist Hiromi Kawakami gave in a book review of the number of times each word appears in this collection of 16 stories, which includes the Akutagawa… … Details

  • A Morning When Time Bleeds
    Yang Yi

    Liang Haoyuan and Xie Zhiqiang, respectively the son of a teacher and of a farmer, grow up together in a small village on China's Huangtu Plateau. Fired with ambition, the friends study hard and are… … Details

  • Moon and Crab
    Shūsuke Michio

    Moon and Crab 月と蟹

    The town of Kamakura in early summer provides the backdrop for this powerfully told novel focusing on ten-year-old Shin'ichi. Two years earlier, after his father's business failed, Shin'ichi moved into his paternal grandfather's solitary home… … Details

  • Wasabi for Breakfast
    Fumiko Kometani

    Wasabi for Breakfast ファミリー・ビジネス

    This book contains two separate first-person novels of medium length: Famiri bijinesu (tr. Wasabi for Breakfast), set in Japan, and Sen ippon no hibashira (A Thousand and One Pillars of Flame), set in the United States.… … Details

  • A Cappella
    Mariko Koike

    A Cappella 無伴奏

    This is a tale of intense, heartbreaking love in adolescence, and the tragedy it gives rise to. The story opens as the main character, Kyoko Noma, visits the city of Sendai, where she used to… … Details

  • Shot by Both Sides
    Meisei Goto

    This stream-of-consciousness novel about a man seeking evidence of his own existence through recollection has been praised by critics in Japan for its unique style. One evening, while standing on a bridge waiting for a… … Details

  • Post-World War II Japanese Short Stories, Volume 2: Toward the Wellsprings of Sexual Desire

    In the over 60 years that have passed since the end of World War II, the Japanese have successively rebuilt their country out of the charred ruins of their homes and the chaos of a… … Details

  • Post-World War II Japanese Short Stories, Volume 1: The Joys and Sorrows of Youth

    In the over 60 years that have passed since the end of World War II, the Japanese have successively rebuilt their country out of the charred ruins of their homes and the chaos of a… … Details

  • The Word Book
    Mieko Kanai

    The Word Book 単語集

    This is a collection of 12 short stories. Like fine wines, each with its own idiosyncrasy, or like a set of twisted pearls, each story displays an entirely different appeal when viewed from a different… … Details

  • A Record of Travel to the Land of Amanon
    Yumiko Kurahashi

    This wildly fantastic novel about sex, religion, and revolution in the ultimate female-dominated society won the Izumi Kyoka Prize in 1987. From a world overrun by a religious sect known as the Monokami ("One God")… … Details

  • Manazuru
    Hiromi Kawakami

    Manazuru 真鶴

    Man and woman, sex, love and death . . . As German literary scholar Osamu Ikeuchi wrote in the January 2007 edition of Shincho, these "timeless themes are dealt with in just proportion in this… … Details

  • The Budding Tree: Six Stories of Love in Edo
    Aiko Kitahara

    This Naoki Prize-winning work paints a deeply sentimental picture of the loves and lives of working women during the Edo period (1603?1867). In the latter half of the Edo period, the warrior caste was finding… … Details

  • Embracing Family
    Nobuo Kojima

    Embracing Family 抱擁家族

    This portrait of postwar Japanese society as symbolically captured in the life of one family won the Tanizaki Jun'ichiro Prize in 1965. Shunsuke Miwa is a university lecturer and translator who lives with his wife… … Details

  • Abraxas Festival
    Sokyū Genyū

    Abraxas Festival アブラクサスの祭

    This is an engrossing story that realistically depicts a Buddhist monk's struggles with depression. In Japanese fiction, Buddhist monks are often portrayed as emerging triumphant over spiritual turmoil, but that is not the case in… … Details

  • Flowers in Limbo
    Sokyū Genyū

    Flowers in Limbo 中陰の花

    Chuin (roughly translated here as "limbo") is a Buddhist term referring to the 49 days after a person's death, during which the soul has yet to depart for its next existence?in short, the threshold between this… … Details

  • School of Freedom
    Bunroku Shishi

    School of Freedom 自由学校

    Freedom is a great thing, but it comes at a cost: this contemporary theme is explored in this novel set in 1950s Tokyo. The story unfolds among the lives of ordinary people, from the former… … Details