Newly released, “The Penguin Book of Japanese Short Stories” serves up a feast of literature, a smorgasbord of over 30 widely varied modern Japanese writers.
Unlike a typical anthology, the stories forgo a chronological timeline of publication and are instead framed within categories to best showcase their unique tastes. In the mood for something light and provocative? Dip into “Modern Life and Other Nonsense.” Fancy a chilling read to take the edge off summer? The sections “Dread” or “Disasters, Natural and Man-Made” will cool your heart and head. Interested in samurai Japan? “Loyal Warriors” can satisfy your Bushido urge. It’s a recipe for success, thanks to editor Jay Rubin, acclaimed translator and academic.