Japanese Literature Challenge 2012

Dolce Belleza has been graciously hosting the Japanese Literature Challenge for the 6th year! This year,  it runs from June 1, 2012 until January 30, 2013. It requires the reading of at least one work of Japanese literature (or poetry) written by a Japanese author (or poet).

I already did this challenge last year, and read for it:

#1: The Woman in the Dunes, by Kobo Abe
#2: The Lake, by Banana Yoshimoto
#3: 1Q84, by Haruki Murakami

This year, as you know, I’m doing a crazy amount of Reading Challenges, but if possible I’d like to read 8 books for this challenge, that is, one a month. Well, I only read 4!!

Read for Challenge 6:

#1: The Devotion of Suspect X, by Keigo Higashino

#2: The Housekeeper And The Professor, by Yoko Ogawa

#3: Salvation of a Saint, by Keigo Higashino

#4: The Thief, by Fuminori Nakamura

Possible titles for Challenge 7!!:

Botchan, by Soseki

“Strangers”/or In Search of A Distant Voice, by Taichi Yamada

The Face of Another, by Kobe Abe

An Artist of the Floating World, by Ishiguro

Manazuru, by Kawakami

Volcano, by Shusaku Endo



22 thoughts on “Japanese Literature Challenge 2012

  1. I loved Strangers by Yamada, and everything I’ve read by Endo. I’ll be joining you with the reading of The Devotion of Suspect X, a book which seems to be one either people love or hate. Anyway, so glad you’ve joined in again!


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  3. I just finished reading The Devotion of Suspect X today. I saw about five errors, but other than that, it was well written and a fascinating read. I enjoyed it immensely. I’ll read more stories written by Japanese authors and or that are set in Japan. Can you recommend to me some books which are crime/mystery written by a Japanese person and set in Japan? Please and Thank You.


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