Literature and Japan

Cats, Geisha, Travel,

Wars, strange moons, birthdays

All types of tales here

Here are some works of literature from Japanese writers or at least about Japan.  I have enjoyed most of them immensely.   One of the authors features prominently but he is really good so that`s the way it goes.   I have to warn you the quality is mixed but as I said in My Haiku view of Japan page, I`m not a culture snob and this applies to literature as well.  I can enjoy great works of literature as well as authors who don`t quite make the ranks among the greats.  I have my limits but there is nothing catastrophic in this list to test those limits.

I have a separate page – Literature II – where I comment on some of these authors or the books themselves, as I want to keep this as a simple list of books which I can add to, not a list clogged with comments.

Anyway, here it goes:

The long road to the deep north, and other travel sketches, Bashõ Matsuo

I am a cat, Sõseki Natsume

Kokoro, Sõseki Natsume

1Q84, Murakami Haruki

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Murakami Haruki

Norwegian Wood, Murakami Haruki

Birthday Stories, edited by Murakami Haruki

Snow Country, Kawabata Yasunari

The Professor + The Housekeeper, Ogawa Yoko

Hotel Iris – Ogawa Yoko

A Tale for the Time Being – Ruth Ozeki

The Roads to Sata, a 2,000-mile walk through Japan – Alan Booth

The Shogun – James Clavell

Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden

Geisha – Liza Dalby

 Silence – Endo Shusaku

Foreign Studies – Endo Shusaku

Scandal – Endo Shusaku

One Man`s Justice – Yoshimura Akira

Diary of a Mad Old Man –  Tanizaki Junichiro

A Woman Called En – Ohara Tomie


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