Literature

676 results for Category: Literature
  • Fiction King
    Kazumasa Hayami

    Fiction King 小説王

    Shuntarō is a literary editor for a major publishing house. His childhood friend Toyotaka is a novelist who made a spectacular debut while still in college but has had no notable successes since. They promised… … Details

  • Her Again
    Atsushi Matsuhisa

    Her Again もういっかい彼女

    Keita Tomiya, 29, is a freelance writer commissioned by a magazine to write a story on Jun Sasada, 66, a writer of erotic fiction who was highly active two to three decades ago but has… … Details

  • Too Much of Nothing
    Kyoichi Katayama

    Too Much of Nothing なにもないことが多すぎる

    Set in a regional city, the story centers on an average high-school boy, the first-person narrator, who plays guitar in a four-member band and is almost obsessively focused on figuring out how to express himself… … Details

  • Poison Daughter, Holy Mother
    Kanae Minato

    Poison Daughter, Holy Mother ポイズンドーター・ホーリーマザー

    A collection of six mysteries involving incidents of murder, injurious assault, and such by a writer regarded as the originator and queen of the genre known as iyamisu in Japan?literally, “eww mysteries.” The term refers… … Details

  • Utopia
    Kanae Minato

    Utopia ユートピア

    The lives of three women in Hanasaki, a fictitious small town on the Pacific coast of Japan, are traced for a little over a year in this insightful novel. The town is home to the… … Details

  • News of Lupin
    Hideo Yokoyama

    News of Lupin ルパンの消息

    With barely 24 hours left before the statute of limitations will expire, the police receive an anonymous tip claiming that a death ruled a suicide 15 years ago was actually a murder. Maiko Mine’s body… … Details

  • Room Sharing
    Hideyuki Katō

    Room Sharing シェア

    The volume contains two novellas portraying millennials making lives for themselves in contemporary Tokyo. In the title story Mi, a young Vietnamese woman on government-supported overseas study in Japan, and a Japanese woman named Miwa… … Details

  • Akio Toyoda’s Favorite Test Driver
    Ren Inaizumi

    Akio Toyoda’s Favorite Test Driver 豊田章男が愛したテストドライバー

    This book traces the teacher-pupil relationship that developed between Hiromu Naruse, a test driver for the Toyota Motor Company, who spent many years on the front lines of new car development for the automaker, and… … Details

  • Romancier
    Maha Harada

    Romancier ロマンシエ

    Twenty-something Michinosuke Onmyōji is the son of a famous politician. As a child, he was a girlish boy who loved to draw, and as he came of age he realized that he had a romantic… … Details

  • The Mukōda Barber Shop
    Hideo Okuda

    The story takes place in fictitious Tomazawa, a town that once grew to a population of 80,000 in the middle of a flourishing coal-mining district in Hokkaido. Since the advent of cheap oil, the town… … Details

  • Like a Momentary Ray between the Clouds
    Mami Sunada

    Like a Momentary Ray between the Clouds 一瞬の雲の切れ間に

    This is a collection of five stories linked by the death of a young boy in a traffic accident. In Summer: Chieko’s Story, the eponymous Chieko, 28, is working as a temp at a publishing… … Details

  • The Red Letter Project
    Misumi Kubo

    This provocative novel looks into the near future of Japan, boldly imagining how society might change if the country’s declining births, rising percentage of people who do not marry, and growing number of “herbivore men”… … Details

  • Dwindling World
    Sayaka Murata

    Dwindling World 消滅世界

    This is a mind-bending thought-experiment novel portraying a parallel-world Japan where artificial insemination techniques, pioneered during World War II to compensate for so many men being away at the battlefront, have advanced to the point… … Details

  • Convenience Store Woman
    Sayaka Murata

    Convenience Store Woman コンビニ人間

    Narrator Keiko Furukura is 36 and unmarried; in fact, she has never even had a boyfriend. She has been working as a convenience store clerk since 1998, when she first left home to go to… … Details

  • Hope Apartments
    Miyuki Miyabe

    This is the fourth title in best-selling author Miyuki Miyabe’s amateur sleuth series featuring the narrator Saburō Sugimura, who gave up his job at a publisher of children’s books to work on the company newsletter… … Details

  • Overwriting Myself
    Fuminori Nakamura

    A thriller that cleverly interweaves criminal mischief and a tale of revenge to probe the role that memory plays in supporting a person’s sense of self. The protagonist is Ryōdai Kozuka, who has penned an… … Details

  • The Playground of the Gods
    Natsu Miyashita

    The Playground of the Gods 神さまたちの遊ぶ庭

    This book is an account of the year author Natsu Miyashita and her family spent living in the remote mountain village of Tomuraushi in Hokkaido. It was this yearlong sojourn surrounded by incomparable natural beauty… … Details

  • Harmonium
    Kōji Fukada

    Harmonium 淵に立つ

    In his literary debut, director Kōji Fukada has personally novelized the film that took the Jury Prize in the Un Certain Regard section of the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. The story is set at a… … Details

  • The Trace
    Shaw Kuzki

    The Trace 八月の光・あとかた

    On August 6, 1945, 70,000 residents of Hiroshima lost their lives instantaneously beneath the white-hot flash of an atomic bomb, redefining reality for all in the city. How did the survivors overcome the many challenges… … Details

  • Japanese Manga, Volume 1: The Trailblazers and Their Challenges
    Hiroshi Aramata

    Japanese Manga, Volume 1: The Trailblazers and Their Challenges 日本まんが 第壱巻:「先駆者」たちの挑戦

    Over the past few decades the publication medium known as manga, which encompasses a wide variety of comics and graphic novels, has become one of Japan’s proudest contributions to world culture. The term is now… … Details