Literature

676 results for Category: Literature
  • Running Water
    Hiromi Kawakami

    The story takes place in Tokyo in 2013 and reflects back on the unusual relationship of the narrator Miyako, 55, with her brother Ryō, 54. Nearly 20 years have gone by since the two unmarried… … Details

  • A Prayer Nine Years Ago
    Masatsugu Ono

    A Prayer Nine Years Ago 九年前の祈り

    This volume contains three short stories in addition to the title novella, which was awarded the prestigious Akutagawa Prize. As with all of Ono’s previous works, the tales are set in a small depopulating fishing… … Details

  • The Invisible Chameleon
    Shūsuke Michio

    The Invisible Chameleon 透明カメレオン

    Kyōtarō Kirihata, 34, has a face made for radio and difficulty talking with women. Thanks to a distinctive voice and a gift for patter that are also perfect for radio, he has in fact become… … Details

  • Born in “AIDStown”: The Story of a 16-Year-Old Mother
    Kenji Gotō

    Born in “AIDStown”: The Story of a 16-Year-Old Mother エイズの村に生まれて―命をつなぐ16歳の母・ナターシャ

    According to a United Nations report, the number of people infected with the AIDS virus has been increasing rapidly in the newly independent republics of the former Soviet Union. Among the countries affected is the… … Details

  • Loose Ends at the Kitanozaka Detective Agency: Not Enough Psychological Description
    Yutaka Kōno

    Loose Ends at the Kitanozaka Detective Agency: Not Enough Psychological Description つれづれ、北野坂探偵舎 心理描写が足りてない

    A novelist and a former editor play detective to solve mysteries in which ghosts play a role. Novelist Tsuzuku Amasaka is not a prolific writer, but he has a base of extremely loyal fans who… … Details

  • A Maze of Sea and Moon
    Arimasa Ōsawa

    A Maze of Sea and Moon 海と月の迷路

    The story takes place on Hajima, a tiny island in Nagasaki Prefecture that once served as the base for an undersea coal mine, until those operations closed in 1974. While the island is now deserted,… … Details

  • The Deer King
    Nahoko Uehashi

    The Deer King 鹿の王

    On the western edge of the kingdom of Zol, black wolf fever sweeps through a salt mine, wiping out the slave laborers and their overseers. The virulent and incurable virus, which has lain dormant for… … Details

  • A Prayer for Rwanda: The Story of a Family that Survived a Civil War
    Kenji Gotō

    A Prayer for Rwanda: The Story of a Family that Survived a Civil War ルワンダの祈り: 内戦を生きのびた家族の物語

    In this invaluable and powerful account of the tragic consequences of ethnic strife, Japanese journalist Kenji Gotō, who reported from war zones around the world before being slain in captivity by the militant group Islamic… … Details

  • The Swollen Snake
    Shūsuke Michio

    The Swollen Snake 球体の蛇

    As he prepares to go to the funeral of Otsutarō Hashizuka, narrator Tomohiko remembers events from 16 years before, when he was a junior in high school. He had been living with Otsutarō and his… … Details

  • Drafting a Map of the World
    Ryō Asai

    Drafting a Map of the World 世界地図の下書き

    The Green Leaves and Sunshine House is a home for children without parents, whether due to abuse, divorce, death, or other unfortunate circumstances. Taisuke came to the facility three years ago after his parents were… … Details

  • Cult X
    Fuminori Nakamura

    Cult X 教団X

    In this new novel, the acclaimed author of The Thief melds the distinctive madness of those who fall in thrall to religious cults with a continuing exploration of the psychology that leads to acts of… … Details

  • A Girl Named Nada
    Eiko Kadono

    A Girl Named Nada ナーダという名の少女

    Ariko, 15, lives with her father Naoki in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. One day she goes by herself to see the Manoel de Oliveira film Voyage to the Beginning of the World, and meets an… … Details

  • Ghost Stories
    Mariko Koike

    In the afterword to this collection of seven ghostly tales, author Mariko Koike states that a powerful awareness of death entered her consciousness at an early age. Her strange yet beautiful stories seem to assert… … Details

  • We Want Peace, Not Diamonds: The Story of a Child Soldier
    Kenji Gotō

    We Want Peace, Not Diamonds: The Story of a Child Soldier ダイヤモンドより平和がほしい―子ども兵士・ムリアの告白

    The West African country of Sierra Leone has among the shortest average life expectancies in the world. Known for the high-quality diamonds it produces, the country was ravaged by civil war for a decade following… … Details

  • If I Could Go to School: The Story of an Afghani Girl
    Kenji Gotō

    If I Could Go to School: The Story of an Afghani Girl もしも学校に行けたら―アフガニスタンの少女・マリアムの物語

    For the better part of 30 years after its traditional monarchy was toppled by a military coup in 1973, Afghanistan experienced periodic conflicts that spread devastation throughout the country. Following the September 11, 2001 terrorist… … Details

  • Your True Calling
    Masumi Ōshima

    Your True Calling あなたの本当の人生は

    The story begins as Mami Kunisaki, a 25-year-old fledgling writer, is brought to the stately mansion of best-selling author Holly Moriwaki by the editor they share, a man named Kagami. Since winning a new-writer prize… … Details

  • Cesium on Sacred Ground
    Yūsuke Kimura

    The two novellas in this volume, both written in response to Japan’s March 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdown disasters, focus on the fate of cattle and cats in the disaster zone while also pondering… … Details

  • Second-Wifing
    Hiroyuki Kurokawa

    Second-Wifing 後妻業

    Stories of femmes fatales working their wiles to hoodwink men are legion, but this novel takes such nefariousness to new heights: an elderly woman attaches herself to wealthy widowers, then makes off with their entire… … Details

  • Pinta Penta Pūtarō
    Manabu Makime

    Pinta Penta Pūtarō とっぴんぱらりの風太郎

    The time is early in the 17th century, 16 years after the death of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, who brought a long period of feudal wars to an end and unified Japan under his sole power. In… … Details

  • The Goldfish of Japan in Color
    Nobuaki Okamoto

    The Goldfish of Japan in Color 原色金魚図艦―かわいい金魚のあたらしい見方と提案

    This illustrated guide details everything there is to know about 31 different varieties of goldfish. With the potential novice very much in mind, two goldfish lovers discuss not only the different breeds and their characteristics,… … Details