Many writers of fiction who have shared so much as a short story have heard the old question, “Is this autobiographical?” No literary genre, however, plays with the possibility of “what actually happened” as liberally as the Japanese shishо̄setsu, known to Western readers as ...
Nicolas Gattig is a teacher and writer from San Francisco. His articles/essays about politics and education have been published in the San Francisco Bay Guardian, SOMA magazine, Street Sheet, and the Japan Times. He is greatly interested in literature and the effects of culture.
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As 2021 approaches, six Japan Times book reviewers look back on their top reads released in English this year.
Sunisa Manning’s historical fiction novel provides context for the current protests roiling Thailand as demonstrators demand democratic change.
Paek Nam-nyong’s state-approved novel reveals a side of North Korea that is rarely seen, with complex characters dealing with relatable woes.
Allison Alexy’s book on divorce, with useful advice and firsthand accounts, is an absorbing study of Japanese attitudes toward love and marriage.
Gabriele Koch’s “Healing Labor” delves into how Japanese sex workers regard their work as necessary to the social and economic well-being of Japanese society.
In smooth, heady prose, Antony Dapiran shows what he calls “a fight for the very soul of Hong Kong.”
Published in April, “If I Had Your Face” is a story of gender inequality and lives ruled by the money of men, of impossible beauty standards and their effect on South Korean women.
As the pro-democracy movement has roiled Hong Kong and people worldwide lament China’s lack of transparency surrounding the coronavirus outbreak, it seems like auspicious timing for Jiwei Ci’s new book, “Democracy in China: The Coming Crisis.”
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 ...