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I have gotten really into Haruki Murakami and read almost all of his work. It's made me think that I really ought to check out more Japaneese novels. Any recommendations of where to start?
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Date:December 23rd, 2004 05:05 am (UTC)
Ryu Murakami (Coin Locker Babies, Almost Transparent Blue) and Banana Yoshimoto (Kitchen, Asleep, Lizard, etc.) are two of my favorites in addition to Haruki Murakami. Another author, though he's not similar in style at all, is Yukio Mishima (Confessions of a Mask, Acts of Worship, etc.). You might also try looking around for The Oxford Book of Japanese Fiction, which has a good assortment of various postmodern authors. also has a list of all the novels they carry by Japanese authors that you might have some luck looking around in.
Date:December 23rd, 2004 03:30 pm (UTC)
also Akutagava Ryunoske, Kobo Abe and others :)
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Date:December 28th, 2004 12:59 am (UTC)
the murakamis: funky, modern aesthetic (ryu leans more towards violent, destructive, rather than haruki's more dream-like aesthetic)
abe: kind of like kafka/vonnegut...try "woman in the dunes"
mishima: my favorite (im writing my thesis on narcissism and nihilism in his works). very classical style...my faves are "confessions of a mask," "spring snow," "thirst for love," and "the temple of the golden pavilion"
oe kenzaburo: similar style to mishima, slightly more modern perhaps--less decadent. "a personal matter," "seventeen and j," and "nip the buds, shoot the kids" are all good
tanizaki jun'ichiro: classical style--writes on interpersonal relationships...slightly misogynistic. "naomi," "the makioka sisters," "quicksand"

those are the heavy hitters of modern japanese lit (also kawabata yasunari, dazai osamu, endo shusaku...)
im not such a huge fan of classical, but there's always "the tale of genji"...
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Date:January 26th, 2005 02:08 am (UTC)
Yukio Mishima
Date:February 11th, 2005 04:04 am (UTC)
yasunari kawabata.
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Date:March 8th, 2005 07:40 pm (UTC)

japanese books to read

you might wanna check out "Almost Transparent Blue" by Ryu Murakami, if you havent already, and also check out "Fires on the Plain" by Shohei Ooka (but beware: the translator took out a page, so if you buy it, try and find a complete version. Also "Lizard" by Banana Yoshimoto.

Best of luck.
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