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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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WHICH OTHER BOOK WOULD YOU ENCOURAGE ME
TO READ FOR THIS CHALLENGE?