Mishima, Murakami and the elusive Nobel Prize

Aug 29, 2015

Mishima, Murakami and the elusive Nobel Prize

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Will he or won’t he? It’s about the time of year when the Japanese media descends into a frenzy of speculation about whether Haruki Murakami will land the Nobel Prize in literature, becoming the first Japanese literary laureate since Kenzaburo Oe in 1994. There ...

The Woman in the Dunes

| Dec 27, 2014

The Woman in the Dunes

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Certain books must be read, even with the knowledge that the reading will be painful. Kobo Abe’s masterpiece “The Woman in the Dunes” is one such book. Called an “existential fable,” it is no surprise that Abe’s favorite writers were Franz Kafka, Friedrich Nietzsche ...