Japanese Fiction Public

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  1. Kitchen by ,

    4 stars

    Banana Yoshimoto's novels have made her a sensation in Japan and all over the world, and “Kitchen,” the dazzling English-language …

  2. At the End of the Matinee by ,

    4 stars

    Originally published in Japanese as: Matinee no owarini. Classical guitarist Satoshi Makino has toured the world and is at the …

  3. The Memory Police by , ,

    4 stars


    A haunting Orwellian novel about the terrors of state surveillance, from the acclaimed author of …

  4. Life Ceremony by ,

    4 stars

    With Life Ceremony, the incomparable Sayaka Murata is back with her first collection of short stories ever to be translated …

  5. There's No Such Thing as an Easy Job by 

    4 stars

    A young woman walks into an employment agency and requests a job that has the following traits: it is close …

  6. Diary of a Void by , ,

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    When 34-year-old Ms Shibata gets a new job in Tokyo to escape sexual harassment at her old one, she finds …

  7. The Setting Sun by 

    4 stars

    This powerful novel of a nation in social and moral crisis was first published by New Directions in 1956. Set …

  8. Tokyo Ueno Station by 

    4 stars

    Born in Fukushima in 1933, the same year as the Emperor, Kazu’s life is tied by a series of coincidences …

  9. Time Differences by 

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    Mamoru wakes up at 9am in Berlin, eats breakfast, and then sets off to teach a Japanese language class, carrying …

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