Murakami's new novel set for February release in Japan

Dec 1, 2016

Murakami's new novel set for February release in Japan

Haruki Murakami’s new novel is being released in Japan in February, and that’s about as much as his fans are being told. Publisher Shinchosha Publishing Co. made the announcement Wednesday. The book’s title, theme and exact date of release remain a mystery. The publisher ...

The hidden heart of Natsume Soseki

Nov 26, 2016

The hidden heart of Natsume Soseki

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Dec. 9 marks the 100th anniversary of the death of Natsume Soseki (1867-1916), a novelist widely regarded as being the one of the greatest writers of modern Japan. Events commemorating this anniversary have been held throughout 2016 but, in case you think it will ...

'Frankenstein' predicted a concept key to modern biology

Oct 30, 2016

'Frankenstein' predicted a concept key to modern biology

Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” foreshadowed a key concept in evolutionary biology that was formally defined by scientists a full century after the man-made monster shambled across the pages of the 19th-century novel, an academic study published on Friday found. The study, which is titled “Frankenstein ...

Halloween treat: a night at Dracula's castle in Transylvania

Oct 18, 2016

Halloween treat: a night at Dracula's castle in Transylvania

Dracula’s castle will have overnight guests on Halloween, marking the first time since 1948 that anyone has slept in the Transylvanian fortress. The site’s actual name is Bran Castle, and two people will get to sleep there Oct. 31 thanks to a promotion by ...

Bob Dylan wins Nobel Prize for literature

Oct 13, 2016

Bob Dylan wins Nobel Prize for literature

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Celebrated U.S. songwriter Bob Dylan was named winner of the Nobel Prize in literature on Thursday. Dylan is known for works such as “The Times They are a-Changin’,” “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door,” “Mr. Tambourine Man” and “Like a Rolling Stone.” In its one-line citation, ...