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. An Artist of the Floating World by 

    4 stars

    It is 1948. Japan is rebuilding her cities after the calamity of World War Two, her people putting defeat behind …

  3. The Memory Police by , ,

    No rating


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

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

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    A woman walks into an employment agency and requests a job that requires no reading, no writing – and ideally, …

  5. The Setting Sun by 

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

  6. 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 …

  7. 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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