Your Japanese Literature Top Three - What are they?
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My three are:
1) Kokoro by Natsume Soseki
2) The Narrow Road to the Deep North and Other Travel Sketches by Matsuo Basho
3) Palm of the Hand Stories by Yasunari Kawabata
The Basho is particularly good especially having the different translations (I have 6 I think).
This is a very difficult question. I think at this point off the top of my head it would be.
Akira Yoshimura : Shipwrecks
Sawako Ariyoshi : The Twilight Years
Shohei Ooka : Fires on the Plain
But truly this is an impossible question and this leaves out so many amazing books that it's unfair.
Shun Medoruma : L' âme de Kôtarô contemplait la mer From what I can see, I don't think that this particular title has been translated into English, although many of his other stories and books are available in English.
Yasunari Kawabata : First Snow on Fuji
Shigeru Mizuki : Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths
There are a few authors mentioned above that I'm not familiar with, so thanks for the idea of this thread.
My second favorite by Abe was The Woman in the Dunes.
The book by Abe with which I had the most trouble was The Box Man.
>7 lilisin:. Sawako Ariyoshi : The Twilight Years
Yeah. I loved that one as well.
See my ranking of Abe from favorite to least would be:
The Box Man
The Face of Another
The Ark Sakura
I don't know where to place The Woman in the Dunes because I read it too long ago and don't remember it at all. Need to reread it so I can rank it. I have The Ruined Map as the next Abe on my TBR. Then I'll only have Inter Ice Age 4 to read and then his debut novella (the one that one the Akutagawa Prize) that hasn't been translated so need to read in Japanese.
1. Kokoro - Natsume Soseki
2. Rain in the Wind - Saiichi Maruya
3. No Longer Human - Osamu Dazai
Kokoro I read this year. The other two 25 years ago or so and don't remember too much about them particularly Rain in the Wind, I just remember the atmosphere it left me with. There has been a long hiatus in my Japanese literature reading.
The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa, which I also read this year, deserves a mention too.
Interesting to see Shipwrecks listed so many times. I have this on my TBR pile - it may well get promoted and read next. It's also interesting to see how little Murakami shows up given he is all the rage these days.
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