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

'Ms Ice Sandwich': Lonely and obsessive, a boy comes of age

/ Mar 31, 2018

'Ms Ice Sandwich': Lonely and obsessive, a boy comes of age

Despite being prominent in Japan as an Akutagawa Prize-winning writer and singer-songwriter, "Ms Ice Sandwich" is Mieko Kawakami's first book to be translated into English. Ms Ice Sandwich, by Mieko Kawakami, Translated by Louise Heal Kawai.96 pages PUSHKIN PRESS, Fiction. The novella follows an awkward and lonely ...

Ensuring women are not lost in translation

Nov 25, 2017

Ensuring women are not lost in translation

The literary arts are mainly solitary activities. Wordsmiths are, however, social animals and — the odd Pynchon aside — seek out the company of the rest of the species. This is one of the motivating factors behind the formation of a new collective, Strong Women, ...

'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 ...