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For Iain Maloney's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

'Sonic Peace': Troubling poetry about the modern world

/ Sep 30, 2017

'Sonic Peace': Troubling poetry about the modern world

“Sonic Peace,” which won the Chuya Nakahara Prize in 2006, is in the classic “artist-versus-modernity” vein. It rings with contemporary loneliness, solitary figures awake in the night and vending machines glowing in the gloom. Many of the voices are personified electronic devices, our phones ...

'The Boy in the Earth': A short, sharp shock of a novella

/ Jul 29, 2017

'The Boy in the Earth': A short, sharp shock of a novella

"The Boy in the Earth" was Fuminori Nakamura's fifth book and it won him the Akutagawa Prize in 2005. It's a short sharp shock of a novella and Allison Markin Powell's powerful recent translation finally brings its creeping dread alive for English readers. The Boy ...

'Slow Boat': Hideo Furukawa beats Haruki Murakami at his own game

/ Jun 10, 2017

'Slow Boat': Hideo Furukawa beats Haruki Murakami at his own game

Comparing a Japanese writer with Haruki Murakami is the laziest move a reviewer can make, but with "Slow Boat," Hideo Furukawa leaves critics no choice. Slow Boat, by Hideo Furukawa, Translated by David Boyd.128 pages PUSHKIN PRESS, Fiction. In a postscript, the author explains that the subtitle, ...