719 results for Category: Literature
  • Angels in the Sun: Soulmates II
    Seishū Hase

    Angels in the Sun: Soulmates II 陽だまりの天使たち ソウルメイトⅡ

    Following on the previous book titled Sourumeito (Soulmates), author Seishū Hase offers up a second volume of seven short stories about dogs and their human masters: “Toy Poodle,” “Mix,” “Labrador Retriever,” “Basset Hound,” “Flat-Coated Retriever,”… … Details

  • Soulmates
    Seishū Hase

    Soulmates ソウルメイト

    Author Seishū Hase’s peerless powers of observation shine in these seven short stories about dogs and their people. Tales entitled “Chihuahua,” “Borzoi,” “Shiba Inu,” “Welsh Corgi Pembroke,” “German Shepherd,” “Jack Russell Terrier,” and “Bernese Mountain… … Details

  • Human Chairs: A Rampoesque Tale
    Shirō Kuro

    Human Chairs: A Rampoesque Tale 人間椅子 乱歩奇譚

    The body of a young teacher named Okumura is found dismembered and reassembled in the shape of a chair in a middle-school classroom. One of his students, a fair-faced 13-year-old named Kobayashi, happens to be… … Details

  • Star Worms
    Shunsuke Minesato

    Star Worms 星宿る虫

    A fire breaks out in a building where a religious group in Nagano runs a brothel. The bodies recovered from the ruins are infested by a mysterious worm, and the blood in their veins has… … Details

  • Let Me Tell You: Your Cat’s Side of the Story

    Let Me Tell You: Your Cat’s Side of the Story 猫の言い分 お伝えします。

    Author Anela, who works as an animal communicator in Hawaii, has an uncanny ability to understand animals. Pet owners travel all the way from Japan to visit her Honolulu office in order to learn what… … Details

  • An Autumn of Savage Politics
    Shun’ichi Dōba

    Author Shun’ichi Dōba draws on his background as a former reporter to produce a provocative and suspenseful novel about collusion between a major newspaper company and the ruling party, shining a light into hidden recesses… … Details

  • In the Back Yard of the Minato Hotel
    Haruna Terachi

    In the Back Yard of the Minato Hotel ミナトホテルの裏庭には

    This volume contains two heartwarming linked stories, one mid-length and one short, about the eponymous Minato Hotel. In Saku no wa hana dake de wa nai (Not Just Flowers Bloom), Shinnosuke Kiyama, a 25-year-old white-collar… … Details

  • On the Day the World Turns Red
    Riu Kushiki

    On the Day the World Turns Red 世界が赫に染まる日に

    Kai Ogata, 14, all but loses his two cousins to vicious bullying: Shōta Dobashi, 13, is beaten into a coma, and his sister Suzuna, 12, is raped and left emotionally scarred. Thanks to provisions of… … Details

  • The Confectionery Mysteries
    Tsukasa Sakaki

    Kyōko Umemoto is a slightly chubby 18-year-old-girl. Having recently graduated from high school, she remains undecided about what to do next with her life. Then one day she sees a “Help Wanted” sign at a… … Details

  • Kings and Circuses
    Honobu Yonezawa

    Kings and Circuses 王とサーカス

    The story begins in the early dawn of June 1, 2001, when Machi Tachiarai, 28, wakes up to the sound of someone praying outside and is momentarily disoriented. She is in an inexpensive travelers’ inn… … Details

  • Those Who Are Not Dead
    Yūshō Takiguchi

    Those Who Are Not Dead 死んでいない者

    A large extended family gathers for the funeral of the patriarch, who has died at the age of 85. The action centers on a wake held the night before at a country meetinghouse near the… … Details

  • “What If?” Illustrated Guides: Ninja Training Manual
    Yūji Yamada

    “What If?” Illustrated Guides: Ninja Training Manual 「もしも?」の図鑑:忍者修業マニュアル

    The “What If?” Illustrated Guides series takes up topics that are mainly of interest to readers of elementary- and middle-school age, examining each subject from every imaginable angle and presenting information in ways that are both entertaining… … Details

  • Crossing the Literary Depths
    Kenzaburō Ōe

    Crossing the Literary Depths 文学の淵を渡る

    This volume compiles a series of five conversations between two Japanese literary giants who remain active and outspoken on a variety of social issues as they approach their 80th birthdays. Kenzaburō Ōe is two years… … Details

  • The Lightless Sea
    Kazufumi Shiraishi

    The Lightless Sea 光のない海

    A man at a crossroads in his life reflects on his past and the choices he has made while desperately seeking a ray of hope for the future. For the last ten years, 50-year-old Shūichirō… … Details

  • The Monad Realm
    Yasutaka Tsutsui

    The Monad Realm モナドの領域

    An entertaining as well as highly intellectual and philosophical novel in which an intelligent being claiming to be greater than God appears. With a long and distinguished career as a novelist and short-story writer behind… … Details

  • To Take a Wife
    Bunpei Aoyama

    To Take a Wife つまをめとらば

    Six short stories set in feudal Japan portray men of the samurai class and their relationships with women. The title story centers on two men, Shōgo and Teijirō, who grew up together in samurai families,… … Details

  • 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