Mailbox Monday: Japanese Modern Classics from Vintage International

Vintage International has just released 12 great Japanese novels in paperback with newly designed covers. When arranged in groups of four, the cover designs make a collage:
Naomi by Junichiro Tanizaki
Seven Japanese Tales by Junichiro Tanizaki
The Sound of the Mountain by Yasunai Kawabata
Spring Snow by Yukio Mishima
The Temple of Dawn by Yukiio Mishima
Runaway Horses by Yukio Mishima
The Decay of the Angel by Yukio Mishima
Thousand Cranes by Yasunari Kawabata
Snow Country by Yasunari Kawabata
Some Prefer Nettles by Junichiro Tanizaki
You can read them for the first time or “delight in their rediscovery”, find excerpts and more at  Also, if Japanese literature thrills you as much as it does me, please feel free to join the Japanese Literature Challenge 7 which runs from June, 2013 through January, 2014. The only requirement of this challenge is to read one work of Japanese literature in those seven months. I’d love to have you join in with me and twenty six others who are participating this year.

Our Mailbox Monday host for July is Tasha at Book Obsessed.

22 thoughts on “Mailbox Monday: Japanese Modern Classics from Vintage International”

  1. Yowza! That is one might fine looking pile of books you got there, Bellezza 🙂 I like how you placed them together. Some of those covers are so interesting (make me want to read the books even more) – Seven Japanese Tales, The Sounds of the Mountain, Spring Snow, Snow Country and Some Prefer Nettles. You are making me want to buy more books 🙂


  2. I'm hoping to get to Japanese Literature before the end of summer, but I keep coming upon new books that I simply must read right away. I'm picking up another one at my local bookshop this afternoon.

    These covers show why I'm still buying actual books.


  3. I like the look of these… the trouble is that (thanks to your challenge) I've already read and reviewed ten of the twelve 😉

    I wonder if I can get my hands on the other two…


  4. These look great! I'm trying to read more Japanese literature – I love the simplicity of it, and generally find it so relaxing. I am tempted to buy these, particularly as I've been wanting to read The Sound of the Mountain for so long!


  5. How fun! I don't think I ever would have figured it out, or at least not with them all lined up. And actually even with them lined up it took me a while to figure it out. My favorite though it probably the third set.


  6. Ohwowowowow! I want the Mishima tetralogy! Been coveting those books but waiting for covers that I liked!

    Seven Japanese Tales has a gorgeous cover. The artist looks like the one who did the painting on my header!


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