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, Natsume Sõseki

The Tower of London, Natsume Sõseki

Kokoro, Natsume Sõseki

Botchan,  Natsume Sõseki

1Q84, Murakami Haruki

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Murakami Haruki

Norwegian Wood, Murakami Haruki

Birthday Girl, Murakami Haruki, part of a collection of short stories Birthday Stories compiled by Murakami Haruki

Snow Country, Kawabata Yasunari

House of the Sleeping Beauties, Kawabata Yasunari

Strange Weather in Tokyo, Kawakami Hiromi

The Professor + The Housekeeper, Ogawa Yoko

Revenge, 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, Shusaku Endo

Foreign Studies, Endo Shusaku

Scandal, Endo Shusaku

The Sea and Poison, Endo Shusaku

One Man`s Justice, Yoshimura Akira

Diary of a Mad Old Man, Tanizaki Junichiro

A Woman Called En, Ohara Tomie

Yabunonaka, Akutagawa Ryunosuke (upon which the film Rashomon is based)

Once upon a time in Japan, a book of fables, compiled by Kawauchi Sayumi

Kafu the Scribbler: The Life and Writings of Nagai Kafu 1879 – 1959 – Edward Seidensticker



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