South Korean author Jung-myung Lee’s thriller set in a prison in Fukuoka during World War II explores the power of literature and humanity in the darkest of times.
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One of the joys of reading about history is the way in which each generation interprets the past through its own perspective. This isn’t simply new facts coming to light or official documents being unsealed — rather, it’s the historian’s equivalent of “the observer ...
When Niall Breathnach came down with a rare ailment he was sure to get several opinions before seeking a path for treatment.
It’s time to put 2020 behind us and look ahead to a new year with a new reading list. Here’s a selection of intriguing titles coming out in the next 12 months.
The founders of Two Rabbits Brewing Company have brought their corner of the craft beer market to Shiga Prefecture, a perfect place to burrow down.
Christopher Harding scales Japan’s history down to the level of the individual with portraits of the eminent as well as the overlooked.
Hiroko Oyamada’s novel is a moving and subtle study of the pressures and expectations placed on women.
“The Japanese Sake Bible” delves deep into the history and culture of Japan’s national drink, as well as the stories of the people who make it.
“Weird” and “quirky” are adjectives readily bandied about when reviewing Japanese literature. So what happens when something truly bizarre comes along?
With "staying in" now the new "going out," housebound activities have become officially the cool thing to do. But what if you’re stuck for a good book? Read on to see four of our critics’ top reads for an extended period of self-isolation. A Tale ...