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Monkey Business: New Writing from Japan, Volume 01 (2011) — Toimittaja — 12 kappaletta
Monkey Business: New Writing from Japan, Volume 03 (2013) — Toimittaja; Kääntäjä — 11 kappaletta
Monkey Business: New Writing from Japan, Volume 05 (2015) — Toimittaja; Kääntäjä — 10 kappaletta
Monkey Business: New Writing from Japan, Volume 07 (2017) — Toimittaja — 8 kappaletta
MONKEY New Writing from Japan: Volume 2: TRAVEL (2021) — Toimittaja — 7 kappaletta
Monkey Business: New Writing from Japan, Volume 04 (2014) — Toimittaja; Kääntäjä — 7 kappaletta
翻訳教室 (2006) 6 kappaletta
Monkey Business: New Writing from Japan, Volume 06 (2016) — Kääntäjä — 5 kappaletta
Monkey Business: New Writing from Japan, Volume 02 (2018) — Toimittaja; Kääntäjä — 5 kappaletta
MONKEY New Writing from Japan: Volume 3: CROSSINGS (2023) — Toimittaja — 5 kappaletta
翻訳教室 (朝日文庫) (2013) 4 kappaletta
MONKEY New Writing from Japan: Volume 4: MUSIC — Toimittaja — 2 kappaletta
Namahanka na gakusha (1992) 2 kappaletta
幽霊たち (1989) 2 kappaletta
MONKEY vol.22 特集 悪霊の恋人 — Toimittaja — 1 kappale
200X年文学の旅 (2005) 1 kappale

Associated Works

The Doubtful Guest (1957) — Kääntäjä, eräät painokset878 kappaletta
The Art of Hunger: Essays, Prefaces, Interviews, The Red Notebook (1992) — Kääntäjä, eräät painokset328 kappaletta
The Penguin Book of Japanese Short Stories (2018) — Avustaja — 328 kappaletta
All About Saul Leiter (2017) — Text — 59 kappaletta
BOTTICELLI: Fables from a Plague Time (2020) — Kääntäjä — 1 kappale
冬の本 (2012) — Avustaja — 1 kappale

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Kanoninen nimi
Shibata, Motoyuki



A glorious anthology of stories, poems and non-fiction from a selection of famous and lesser-known Japanese writers (and some non-Japanese authors, too), mostly based around the theme of travel. I suspect this would be even better in a physical copy, with its stunning artwork and just a feeling that this is something to return to again and again, to pick a favourite story or picture and just revel in it.

Top marks to Monkey for this, their 2nd annual collection. I'm already chomping at the bit for next year's. 4.5 stars in ebook format, and because this is probably my last review of 2021, let's go out with a bang and give it 5 stars. A must-read, and must-have, for anyone with an interest in Japanese literature and culture.… (lisätietoja)
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Alan.M | Dec 30, 2021 |
This beefy periodical is worth the Kindle Edition price. I only wish the printed copies weren't so scarce. Tending toward experimental writing, it offers enough solid storytelling to appeal to most adventurous readers. As soon as I get my hands on the other volumes I plan to cherish them all.

In this volume you will find a charming essay from Haruki Murakami.
A sublime ghost story from Mieko Kawakami.
A fun story from Hiromi Kawakami.

Random poems and interesting tidbits from Kelly Link, Charles Simic, Stuart Dybek and others. I'm not a fan of Toh EnJoe, Gen'ichiro Takahashi, or Hideo Furukawa, but they are crossing the translational divide, and slowly but surely on their way to becoming popular.
This and the other several volumes are the first place to look if you're constantly trying to find new translations of these authors.
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LSPopovich | Apr 8, 2020 |
The original Monkey Business was a Japanese literary journal was published between 2008 and 2011. 2011 also saw the launch of Monkey Business: New Writing from Japan, the English-language, international edition of the journal. Edited by Motoyuki Shibata, who was also heavily involved with the original Monkey Business, and Ted Goossen, the English-language Monkey Business is released annually and collects a variety of fiction, poetry, nonfiction, essays, and manga. The selections found in the fourth volume of the journal, published in 2014, come from a range of sources, including but not limited to the original Monkey Business and its followup journal Monkey (launched in 2013). In addition to works that had previously been published, some of the contributions selected were specifically commissioned for the fourth issue. I've been reading and enjoying the international edition of Monkey Business since its beginning and always look forward to the newest volume.

The fourth issue of the international edition of Monkey Business collects twenty-three works, mostly short stories, contributed by creators from Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The earliest work was originally published in 1845 while the most recent contributions were released for the first time in this particular volume. Quite a few of the artists and authors are returning to Monkey Business, including some of my personal favorites. I'm always glad to see more of Toh Enjoe's work translated and I was not at all disappointed with his bizarre short story "A Record of My Grandmother." I've also become rather fond of Keita Jin's short stories and very much enjoyed "The Girl Behind the Register Blows Bubbles." Some selections like Hiromi Kawakai's "People from My Neighborhood" and Sachiko Kishimoto's "The Forbidden Diary" are continuations from previous volumes of Monkey Business. I particularly look forward to reading those authors from one issue to the next. I also really enjoyed Masatsuga Ono's short story, "The Man Who Turned Into a Buoy." This actually surprised me a bit as I usually struggle with Ono's work. Another favorite was Gen’ichirō Takahashi very strange story "Demon Beasts."

Other returnees to Monkey Business include Stuart Dybek with the short story "Naked," Hideo Furukawa with "The Bears of Mount Nametoko," Yoko Hayasuke with "Eri's Physics," Mina Ishikawa with "The Lighthouse on the Desk" (which is a collection of tanka poems), Mieko Kawakami with the story "The Little Girl Blows Up Her Pee Anxiety, My Heart Races," Taki Monma with "White Socks," and Richard Powers with "The Global Distributed Self-Mirroring Subterranean Soul-Sharing Picture Show," a fascinating essay about Haruki Murakami's fiction and brain science. The two manga contributions included in the fourth volume of Monkey Business are also from artists who have been a part of the journal in the past. Brother and Sister Nishioka adapt Bruno Schulz' story "Tailors' Dummies" (it's nice to see them branch out from works by Franz Kafka) and Fumiko Takano illustrates a highly abstract adaptation of "The Little Match-Girl" by Hans Christian Anderson. A translation of Anderson's original story is also included, which is particularly helpful for those readers who are not familiar with it when trying to make narrative sense of Takano's rendition.

While it's wonderful to see so many returning creators to Monkey Business, I also greatly appreciate that the journal always includes someone or something new. "Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey", the fourth volume's opening work by Craft Ebbing & Co., is probably the most unusual--a series of photographs of an art piece with accompanying narration. Of all the newcomers to this issue of Monkey Business, I particularly enjoyed Brian Evenson's short story "The Punish" and the tangentially related "A Message to My Japanese Readers," a collection of short essays by Evenson and three other authors (Laird Hunt, Denis Johnson, and Salvador Plascencia). Other short stories from authors new to the journal include Doppo Kunikida's "Unforgettable People," Kenji Miyazawa's "The Restaurant of Many Orders" (previously I had only read examples of his poetry), David Peace's "After Ryūnosuke, Before Ryūnosuke" and Hyakken Uchida's "The Sarasate Disk." Overall, I don't feel that the fourth volume was quite as diverse as previous issues of Monkey Business. However, it's still a solid collection. Many of the stories tend toward the slightly strange, bizarre, and absurd, but that's a sort of fiction that I happen to enjoy.

Experiments in Manga
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PhoenixTerran | Oct 18, 2014 |
The English-language, international edition of the Japanese literary journal Monkey Business made its debut in 2011. Issued annually, the third volume was released in 2013. Having read and enjoyed the first two volumes, I was looking forward to reading the most recent issue. Motoyuki Shibata, the founder of the original Monkey Business, serves as the journal's head editor along with Ted Goossen. In part, Monkey Business is intended to feature new and accomplished Japanese authors not well known outside of Japan. At the same time, it also includes innovative work from creators in other countries as well--in this particular issue the United States and Korea. The third volume of Monkey Business selects works from as early as 1924 while others are being published for the first time (in any language.) As usual, short stories, manga, poetry, essays, and excerpts from longer works can all be found within its pages.

Monkey Business: New Writing from Japan, Volume 3 includes twenty-one selections, one less than the previous volume, but the issue is slightly longer overall. Many of the creators have had their work published in the English-language edition of Monkey Business before, but nearly half are making their first appearance in the third volume. This includes works from two notable American novelists: two early stories from Paul Auster, "Invasions" and "The Hlumes," and Richard Powers' short story "Lodestar." Poet Laureate Charles Simic contributes his poem "At the Vacancy Sign" to the volume. "Crow's Eye View" is a collection of six unusual poems by Yi Sang, an important Korean writer. Ryūnosuke Akutagawa's Korean-influenced short story "General Kim" is also included. Other authors making their Monkey Business debut include Gen'ichirō Takahashi  ("Dear Cindy"), Yuki Kurita ("Pako"), Taki Monma ("Splinters"), and Riichi Yokomitsu ("Time.")

Accompanying Yokomitsu's "Time," and returning to Monkey Business, is Toh EnJoe with his essay "Time in 'Time.'" Naoyuki Ii also provides an essay for this volume, "Living in Your Own Private Cubicle" which explores Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis and Herman Melville's "Bartleby, the Scrivener" as company-man fiction. This essay pairs nicely with the Brother and Sister Nishioka's manga adaptation of "The Metamorphosis." These paired contributions are some of my favorite works in Monkey Business. Other favorites include Keita Jin's short story "Exorcising Dreams" and Tomoka Shibasaki's short essay "The Glasses Thief," which open the volume. I am also rather fond of Barry Yourgrau's short story "The Mask." Actually, I find it difficult to name favorites since there are so many strong contributions in Monkey Business, Volume 3. Once again, Goossen and Shibata and everyone else working on Monkey Business have put together a terrific collection.

The piece I struggle with the most is "Monkey Child--Human Child" by Masatsuga Ono. While I can appreciate it, personally I find the short story stylistically difficult to enjoy. But I did like all of the other pieces included in Monkey Business, Volume 3 from returning creators: Mina Ishikawa's collection of tanka poems "Urashima," "Neither Purity Nor Defilement Now" by Hideo Furukawa (who has had a short story in every issue of Monkey Business so far), Hiromi Kawakami's "The Dragon Palace," and Mieko Kawakami's "Dreams of Love, Etc." The volume closes with the third part of Sachiko Kishimoto's "The Forbidden Diary," which for me has always been one of the highlights of Monkey Business. Most of the works in Monkey Business, Volume 3 are not directly related although The Metamorphosis is a frequent touchstone and dreams and dreaming are recurring themes throughout the collection. I very much enjoyed this installment of Monkey Business and am already looking forward to the next year's offerings.

Experiments in Manga
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PhoenixTerran | May 10, 2013 |

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Ted Goossen Editor, Translator
Ted Goosen Editor
Hideo Furukawa Contributor, Author
Sachiko Kishimoto Contributor
Michael Emmerich Translator
Hiromi Kawakami Contributor
Jay Rubin Translator
David Boyd Translator
Mieko Kawakami Contributor, Author
Hitomi Yoshio Translator
Paul Warham Translator
Keita Jin Contributor
Toh EnJoe Contributor
Barry Yourgrau Contributor
Taki Monma Contributor
Haruki Murakami Contributor
Jeffrey Angles Translator
Masatsugu Ono Contributor
Tomoka Shibasaki Contributor
Mina Ishikawa Contributor
円城 塔 Contributor
Aoko Matsuda Contributor
Hiromi Ito Contributor
Satoshi Kitamura Contributor
Stuart Dybek Contributor
Yoko Hayasuke Contributor
Naoyuki Ii Contributor
Richard Powers Contributor
Matthew Sharpe Contributor
Minoru Ozawa Contributor
M. Cody Poulton Translator
Laird Hunt Contributor
Makoto Takayanagi Contributor
Rebecca Brown Contributor
Kelly Link Contributor
Brian Evenson Contributor
Steve Erickson Contributor
Yoko Ogawa Contributor
Soseki Natsume Contributor
Hiroko Oyamada Contributor
Fumiko Takano Contributor
古川 日出男 Contributor
川上 弘美 Contributor
Atsushi Nakajima Contributor
Shion Mizuhara Contributor
Masayo Koike Contributor
Inuo Taguchi Contributor
Yōko Ogawa Contributor
Kōji Uno Contributor
Charles Simic Contributor
Paul Auster Contributor
Riichi Yokomitsu Contributor
Yuki Kurita Contributor
Sang Yi Contributor
Maxie Bai Translator
Ben Katchor Contributor
Eric McCormack Contributor
Motojiro Kajii Contributor
Taeko Kono Contributor
西岡兄妹 Contributor
Andrew Cowan Contributor
Kevin Brockmeier Contributor
Rampo Edogawa Contributor
Helen Guri Contributor
Sam Bett Translator
Kafu Nagai Contributor
Shin’ichi Makino Contributor
Christopher Lowy Translator
Hyakken Uchida Contributor
Masafumi Sakamoto Photographer
Craft Ebbing & Co. Contributor
Roger Pulvers Translator
Doppo Kunikida Contributor
Denis Johnson Contributor
Kenji Miyazawa Contributor
Terry Gallagher Translator
David Peace Contributor
H. B. Paul Translator
James Dorsey Translator
Naoko Kudo Contributor
Jason Hrivnak Contributor
Shin’ichi Hoshi Contributor
Takayanagi Makoto Contributor
Keita Genji Contributor
Linh Dinh Contributor
Masaya Nakahara Contributor
Stephen Snyder Translator
Mimei Ogawa Contributor
Comes in a Box Contributor
Kenji Ozawa Contributor
津村 記久子 Contributor
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春日 武彦 Contributor
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