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What to prepare for when you're expecting one of Murakami's mammoths

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Haruki Murakami has put scientists to shame. Harvard geneticists recently announced that they are two years away from bringing the wooly mammoth back from extinction, while Murakami is releasing his latest mammoth tonight: His novel “Kishidancho Goroshi” will be published in two 500-page volumes via Shinchosha and given the English ...

Translated A-bomb book reminds us of the horrors of war

Jan 28, 2017

Translated A-bomb book reminds us of the horrors of war

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A recently released English translation of a Japanese book about 321 junior high school students killed by the 1945 U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima is a poignant reminder of the inescapable suffering and militaristic indoctrination of youth at the time. Ishibumi, Edited by Naomi ...

The triumphant second coming of Endo's 'Silence'

Jan 21, 2017

The triumphant second coming of Endo's 'Silence'

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Martin Scorsese’s adaptation of “Silence,” Shusaku Endo’s tale of Catholic missionaries suffering brutal repression in 17th-century Japan, has met with mixed reviews. Some have found it ponderously overlong and, for those unfamiliar with Japanese history, baffling in context. It is, in fact, not a ...