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Ryu Murakami turns on another light in Tokyo's lurid basement

Mar 5, 2016

Ryu Murakami turns on another light in Tokyo's lurid basement

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This collection of short stories arrived with a warning from the publisher: “Graphic sexual content.” Perhaps it was worried that reviewers would blush to the tips of their toes upon reading it. However, anyone who has encountered Murakami’s excruciating 1992 sadomasochistic film “Topazu” (“Tokyo ...

Tokyo's literature festival resurfaces

Feb 27, 2016

Tokyo's literature festival resurfaces

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The Tokyo International Literary Festival got off to a good start. Both the inaugural 2013 event and the 2014 edition were successful, an auspicious beginning to forging cultural and artistic connections between Eastern and Western writers on a global stage. But since the festival’s ...

Pakistan literary festivals tell a tale of cultural revival

Feb 24, 2016

Pakistan literary festivals tell a tale of cultural revival

Pakistan’s literary scene is seeing a spirited revival, with packed festivals attracting tens of thousands in a rock concert-like atmosphere that defies security threats in a growing cultural renaissance. Events such as the raucous Lahore Literary Festival, held over the weekend, are reclaiming the ...

The ink-stained road: 'age of experience'

Feb 20, 2016

The ink-stained road: 'age of experience'

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In the new age of experience that defines the travel accounts on Japan from the immediate pre- and postwar periods, writers began resisting the easy enamor of the Orient. Instead of viewing Japan as an exotic wonderland, they took a more considered, critical view ...