In Shion Miura’s novel, a young man from Yokohama finds it difficult to fit in with a rural mountain community, but he soon discovers there’s more to life than the trappings of city living.
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Kaoru Takamura isn’t playing around with “Lady Joker,” her two-part novel that reveals the social and economic inequities in Japan.
Kyoko Nakajima’s latest collection of translated short stories explores the ties connecting Japan’s past to its present. Ghosts are involved in more ways than one.
Mizuki Tsujimura’s touching novel about teenage bullying in the Tokyo suburbs illuminates the importance of compassion and reaching out.
Izumi Suzuki, a prolific writer of speculative science fiction and a counterculture figure in the 1970s and ’80s, has gone largely overlooked by modern readers — until now.
There’s a moment in “Klara and the Sun,” Kazuo Ishiguro’s first novel since winning the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2017, in which the protagonist, Klara, and another character, The Father, are discussing whether artificial intelligence may ever fully replicate what it means to ...
At the heart of M.W. Larson’s book of March 11, 2011, and its aftermath are the stories of the individuals who lived through the disaster, bringing to light all that was lost that day.
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.
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.