Book review: Inhabitation


by Teru Miyamoto
Translated by Roger K. Thomas
Counterpoint Press
春の夢 first published in 1984
320 pages
Japanese Literature


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World literature is getting more and more one of my favorite genres, especially coming from Japan. I enjoy participating every year in the Japanese Literature Challenge, and I managed to read 8 books in  the 13th edition of the challenge. Alas, there were many more I had planned to tackle. So I’m glad I finally got to read Inhabitation, by Teru Miyamoto, considered to be among Japan’s most widely read living authors. The movie Shoplifters is based on one of his novels. Kore-eda,  the director of Shoplifters, also made the movie Maborosi, based on a book by Teru Miyamoto. Click to continue reading

Book review: The Ten Loves of Nishino

The Ten Loves of Nishino

The Ten Loves of Nishino,
by Hiromi Kawakami
was first published in 2003
Translated by
Allison Markin Powell
Europa Editions
Japanese Literature
240 pages


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Hiromi Kawakami has written several noticeable novels, so I decided to try The Ten Loves of Mr Nishino.
I read it for Japanese Literature Challenge 13
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Book review and notes: Norwegian Wood

Norwegian WoodNorwegian Wood
by  Haruki Murakami
Translated by Jay Rubin

was published in 1987
Vintage Books

Genre: Literary fiction
296 pages


As you may know, Haruki Murakami is my favorite Japanese author. I have read several books by him, for instance his latest Killing Commendatore.

So I couldn’t resist when I discovered through Still an Unfinished Person that there was such a thing as a Murakami Online Book Club. They were reading Norwegian Wood, so I joined, as I don’t recall actually reading it.

Here below, I’ll share my review, plus some notes and quotes.
Skip my notes if you haven’t read the book and want to avoid spoilers.

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