Japanese Literature Challenge 14

JAPANESE LITERATURE CHALLENGE 14Japanese Literature Challenge 14 #JapaneseLitChallenge14   #JapaneseLiterature

Thanks to DolceBelleza (@bellezzamjs) who has been organizing this challenge for many years! This is my 6th participation.
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The Challenge runs January-March 2021. I’m going to try to read 3 books each month, so that’s a total of 9 books 10 books.
02/27 edit: I will read one more, that I won at Dolce Bellezza.

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Here is my TBR for this event (my recap will be updated at the end of this post):

📚 Books on my physical shelf:

1. The Sound of Waves (1954), by Yukio Mishima (trans. by Meredith Weatherby)
2. N.P. (1990), by Banana Yoshimoto (trans. by Ann Sherif)
3. Some Prefer Nettles (1928),  by Junichirō Tanizaki (trans. by Edward G. Seidensticker)
4. Before the Coffee Gets Cold (2015), by Toshikazu Kawaguchi, (trans. by Geoffrey Trousselot)
5. Klara and the Sun (2021), by Kazuo Ishiguro

📚 For my Classics Club list (besides # 1 and 3 above):

6. Kusamakura (1906), by Natsume Sōseki (trans. by Meredith Weatherby)
7. To the Spring Equinox and Beyond (1910), by Natsume Sōseki (trans. by Kingo Ochiai and Sanford M. Goldstein)
8. The Miner (1908), by Natsume Sōseki (trans. by Jay Rubin)
9. Devils in Daylight (1918), by Junichirō Tanizaki (Dans l’œil du démon, trans. in French by Patrick Honoré and Ryoko Sekiguchi)
10. In Praise of Shadows (1933), by Jun’ichirō Tanizaki, Edward G. Seidensticker (Translator), Thomas J. Harper (Translator),
11. A Cat, a Man, and Two Women (1936), by Junichirō Tanizaki (trans. by Paul McCarthy)
12. The Black Lizard and Beast in the Shadows (1928), by Edogawa Rampo (trans. by Ian Hughes)

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RECAP FOR MARCH 31

So here are the books I managed to read:

1. The Sound of Waves (1954), by Yukio Mishima (trans. by Meredith Weatherby),
finished on 1/16/21, reviewed here
2. Some Prefer Nettles (1928),  by Junichirō Tanizaki (trans. by Edward G. Seidensticker), finished on 1/22/21, reviewed here
3. N.P. (1990), by Banana Yoshimoto (trans. by Ann Sherif)
finished on 1/25/21, reviewed here
4. In Praise of Shadows (1933), by Jun’ichirō Tanizaki, Edward G. Seidensticker (Translator), Thomas J. Harper (Translator),
finished on 2/4/21, reviewed here
5. A Cat, a Man, and Two Women (1936), by Junichirō Tanizaki (trans. by Paul McCarthy),
finished on 2/9/21, reviewed here
6. Devils in Daylight (1918), by Junichirō Tanizaki (Dans l’œil du démon, trans. in French by Patrick Honoré and Ryoko Sekiguchi), finished on 2/13/21, reviewed here
7. Kusamakura (1906), by Natsume Sōseki (trans. by Meredith Weatherby)
finished on 3/5/21
8. Klara and the Sun (2021), by Kazuo Ishiguro
finished on 3/19/21
9. Le Mineur (1908), by Natsume Sōseki (trans. by Hélène Morita)
finished on 3/20/21
10. Before the Coffee Gets Cold (2015), by Toshikazu Kawaguchi, (trans. by Geoffrey Trousselot)
finished on 3/21/21
11. To the Spring Equinox and Beyond (1910), by Natsume Sōseki (trans. by Kingo Ochiai and Sanford M. Goldstein)
finished on 3/29/21
12. The Black Lizard and Beast in the Shadows (1928), by Edogawa Rampo (trans. by Ian Hughes)
finished on 3/30/21

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Book review: And the Earth Will Sit on the Moon

And the Earth Will Sit on the Moon

And the Earth Will Sit on the Moon:
Essential Stories
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by Nikolai Gogol
Pushkin Press
Release date ??
very confusing:
05/12/2019 in UK??
04/06/2021 in the US??
224 pages
Classics/Short stories/Russian Literature

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Short stories is far from being my favorite literary genre, to say the least. But knowing that Nikolai Gogol is THE Russian genius in this domain, I couldn’t miss the opportunity to review And the Earth Will Sit on the Moon, an upcoming collection of five of his most famous stories. Click to continue reading

Book review: The Gate

The Gate

The Gate
by Natsume Soseki
First published in Japanese in 1910
Translated by William F. Sibley
With an introduction
by Pico Iyer
NYRB Classics
ISBN13: 9781590175873
(different cover)
2012
Literary fiction/Japanese literature
256 pages

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In the introduction to my edition, Pico Iyer highlights that “Japanese literature is often about nothing happening, because Japanese life is, too.” So I was expecting The Gate (the last book of the trilogy after Sanshiro and And Then, illustrating what “then” might have happened) to be on a quieter side than the previous two books, but actually, I thought there was a lot happening!

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