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
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Woohoo! I might join you in this one then! Sounds good. I will keep an eye on your blog to know more later!
Oh, I’m not the hostess. see here: http://www.dolcebellezza.net/2012/01/sunday-salon-looking-to-end-of-january.html
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!
Thanks I ll start with these, and I hope we can meet this summer maybe as we are neighbors I think
Strangers is terrific!!
Thanks, it will be then my 1st on the list
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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.
what kind errors are you talking about?
As for other similar books, Higashino has written many more, so go for him, he’s the best apparently. then try this link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mystery_Writers_of_Japan
and from there the other links they give you.
you could also join the Japanese Literature Challenge and ask the hostess, she really knows Japanese literature very well: http://www.japlit6challenge.blogspot.com/
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I’ll definitely consider this challenge for next year! I liked 1Q84 a lot and would like more experience with translated fiction 🙂
yes, it’s a great challenge, with lots of recommendation by the host. I just finished another Murakami, Sputnik Sweetheart, but my favorite is definitely 1Q84! can’t wait for his next book, in English next year. Have you read other novels by him?
No, just 1Q84. It sounds like he has lots of good ones though and I’m very excited to read more 🙂 Are there any you’d particularly recommend?
I liked After Dark. Norwegian Wood is very famous. Sputnik Sweetheart is good too
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