Literature

696 results for Category: Literature
  • On the Shores of Memory
    Kazufumi Shiraishi

    On the Shores of Memory 記憶の渚にて

    Fictitious Japanese novelist Sōichi Koga, known to the world by his pen name of Jin Tezuka and regarded as a potential Nobel nominee, dies at the age of 54 leaving a number of unanswered questions… … Details

  • It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)
    Aki Satō

    It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing) スウィングしなけりゃ意味がない

    Author Aki Satō’s eye for detail and her meticulous reconstruction of an era shine in this vivid portrait of rebellious German youths who find a salvation of sorts by immersing themselves in the local jazz… … Details

  • Tears Like Snow
    Arie Nashiya

    Tears Like Snow スノウ・ティアーズ

    From the time she was small, Kimie always seemed prone to strange occurrences. In elementary school, for example, when she borrowed an umbrella from someone and opened it, she floated up off the ground and… … Details

  • The Do-You-Have Bookstore
    Shinsuke Yoshitake

    The Do-You-Have Bookstore あるかしら書店

    Ask the owner of the Do-You-Have Bookstore out on the edge of town, “Do you have a book about such-and-such?” and he will almost invariably reply, “Yes!” before ducking into the shelves to fetch it.… … Details

  • Lone Castle in the Mirror
    Mizuki Tsujimura

    Lone Castle in the Mirror かがみの孤城

    A story that delves into the circumstances and psychology of children who, for a variety of reasons, find themselves unable to go to school even when they want to. Shortly after entering middle school, Kokoro… … Details

  • Airplane Trails to Tomorrow
    Sumiko Yatsuka

    Airplane Trails to Tomorrow 明日のひこうき雲

    While her father is away in the next prefecture on long-term assignment for his company, eighth-grader Yū Mizoguchi must be the grown-up in the house, taking care of her mother, who suffers from severe depression… … Details

  • Zūnome Doll
    Ichi Sawamura

    Zūnome Doll ずうのめにんぎょう

    An absurd, made-up story that should never have risen above urban legend status “comes true” in the “real world” of the novel as the eponymous doll kills those who fall under its curse one after… … Details

  • Honeybees and Distant Thunder
    Riku Onda

    Set at a fictitious international piano competition that has become a key stepping-stone for rising young classical pianists, this Grand Hotel–style novel traces with richly textured detail the multiple rounds of judging that span more… … Details

  • Southwestern Silk Road
    Hideyuki Takano

    Southwestern Silk Road 西南シルクロードは密林に消える

    A “nonfiction entertainment” in which author Hideyuki Takano travels the so-called “Southwestern Silk Road” from the city of Chengdu in the central Chinese province of Sichuan through northern Myanmar and into India. The Silk Road… … Details

  • Chorus of Cicadas
    Shūhei Fujisawa

    Chorus of Cicadas 蝉しぐれ

    Even 20 years after his death, Shūhei Fujisawa remains one of Japan’s most popular authors of fiction set in the Edo period (1603–1867), with many of his titles continuing to enjoy strong sales today. This… … Details

  • Tea for the Grandees
    Jun Itō

    Tea for the Grandees 天下人の茶

    Medieval Japan endured an extended period of fragmentation when warring feudal domains were vying fiercely with one another to expand their territory, before the hegemonic ambitions of Oda Nobunaga (1534–82), Toyotomi Hideyoshi (1537–98), and finally… … Details

  • Silent Breath
    Kyōko Minami

    Silent Breath サイレント・ブレス

    This novel follows the footsteps of a doctor who works for a health clinic serving terminally ill patients who wish to die in their own homes rather than in an institutional setting. Although surveys indicate… … Details

  • Marriage
    Areno Inoue

    Marriage 結婚

    This novel pays homage to the 1982 novel of the same title written by Mitsuharu Inoue, author Areno Inoue’s father. It revisits the subject of love fraud taken up in the earlier work, examining it… … Details

  • For Red
    Areno Inoue

    For Red 赤へ

    The volume contains ten stories that portray with compelling force how the shadow of death can creep unexpectedly into human relationships. Author Areno Inoue is always at her best, and especially so in her short… … Details

  • How to Keep a Pet Guardian of Death
    Mikito Chinen

    How to Keep a Pet Guardian of Death 優しい死神の飼い方

    A fanciful tale in which a dog rescued by a young nurse working for a terminal-care facility becomes a therapy dog for the patients in an unusual way, and also solves an old murder mystery.… … Details

  • The Adventures of a Galactic Loan Shark
    Yūsuke Miyauchi

    The five linked stories in this humor-filled sci-fi collection take place on the first exoplanet that humans have succeeded in colonizing, familiarly referred to as “Second Avenue,” where a loan shark and his boss go… … Details

  • See You in the Land of Cherry Blossoms
    Shinobu Suga

    Sandwiched between the great powers of Germany and Russia, Poland has twice been wiped off the map in the course of history. This historical novel traces, through the eyes of a Japanese observer, the country’s… … Details

  • Backstage at the Festivities
    Miho Shimao

    This collection of seven linked stories portrays mid-20th century life on the tiny southern Japanese island of Kakeroma, where author Miho Shimao spent much of her life. In many of the tales, the narrative voice… … Details

  • The Vermilion Thumbprint
    Hiroki Nagaoka

    A master of the puzzler mystery presents four exemplars of the genre, laying his groundwork and distributing clues with meticulous care as he builds to a climax that will have readers catching their breath in… … Details

  • Twelve Chapters on Her
    Kyōko Nakajima

    Twelve Chapters on Her 彼女に関する十二章

    A woman who has recently passed the half-century mark reflects on her life and relationships in the course of several unexpected events involving her and her 24-year-old son. The story that spans from June until… … Details