Time travel, yakuza, street photography and more feature in the best upcoming J-Lit releases for this summer (and beyond).
For Iain Maloney's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Set in 1970s Osaka, "Inhabitation" is a surrealist, symbolic novel about one man's attempt to run from his past and build his own future.
Based on a real-life incident in which a 7-year-old boy was abandoned in the woods by his parents, "Backlight" examines the search and rescue operation through a philosophical lens.
Readers who like their yakuza with a dash of morality, lead characters out of their depths and their cops dumb and bent will find much to enjoy in Nick Hurst's thriller, "Falling From the Floating World."
Kyoko Nakajima's "The Little House" is the story of how generations in Japan talk — or don't talk — to each other, and their inability to connect across eras.
Japanese-English translator Louise Heal Kawai reveals the challenges of sourcing translation commissions and how one text — Soji Shimada's "Murder in the Crooked House" — was more intellectually rewarding than she initially assumed.
2019's impressive lineup of books on Japan, include classic reprints, new fiction and studies of the nation's international relations.
Shuji Terayama's "When I Was a Wolf" is a collection of essays that reappraise Western fairy tales, fables and literature and flips them head over heels.
"Speculative Japan 4" is the latest in Kumamoto-based Kurodahan Press' mission to bring the best of Japanese science fiction and fantasy to the English-speaking world.
Mia Ayumi Malhotra's collection of poetry, "Isako Isako," is a carefully controlled whirlwind of ideas and impressions that reminds us that the scars laid down today will still be visible generations from now