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Dolce Belleza has been graciously hosting the Japanese Literature Challenge for 8 years! This year, it runs from June 1, 2014 until January 30, 2015. It requires the reading of at least one work of Japanese literature (or poetry) written by a Japanese author (or poet).
I’m so excited to be on time for this! Ideally, I would love to read 8 books for this challenge, but realistically, I’m aiming at 6.
Dolce Belleza is highlighting an author/month, so I’m going to try to follow her, as long as my library has books by these authors, while also integrating titles I’ve meant to read for a while:
June:July:August:September:October:November:December:January: Banana Yoshimoto (a writer who claims that her two themes are “the exhaustion of young Japanese in contemporary Japan” and “the way in which terrible experiences shape a person’s life.”)
Well, of course my library network totally ignores Takeshi, so I’ll start with an alternative proposed by the organizer of this challenge.
So my list may be something like this:
- Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Year of Pilgrimage, by Haruki Murakami
- The Strange Library, by Haruki Murakami
- Kira-Kira, by Cynthia Kadohata
- Light And Dark, by
- Five by Endo, by Shusaku Endo
- The Temple of the Golden Pavilion, by Yukio Mishima
- The Sound of the Mountain, by
- Kitchen, by Banana Yoshimoto
Possible alternative titles for Challenge 8:
“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
I Am A Cat, by Soseki
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I noticed this on your sidebar. Thanks for reminding about it. I was glad to see that it started in June. So, I’m not too far behind. I’ve been meaning to work on Japanese books in my tbr pile. This will help with at least two…
wonderful! yes,it’s always from June to end of January. Glad my sidebar is helpful to some 😉
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