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The first duty of the Memory Police was to enforce the disappearances. (p. 14) How ironic that the very next book I pick up after The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree should also be about terror. Force. Loss. Things disappear, like emeralds and perfume bottles, ferry boats and families. People who are able to still… Continue reading The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa, for the Japanese Literature Challenge 13 and the Booker International Prize 2020
On the road, a traveling companion; and in the world, kindness. ~an old Japanese saying I first heard of this short story from Masa, our travel guide, when I was visiting the Izu Peninsula in Japan two years ago. He asked if I had ever read it, as it was one of his favorites, but… Continue reading The Dancing Girl of Izu by Yasunari Kawabata (Japanese Literature Challenge 13)
I can’t help feeling there’s something inexplicable about this crime. I don’t know how to express it precisely, but there’s something incoherent or indefinable about it, something the human mind isn’t equipped to engage with. (p. 63) How I love an intriguing mystery, a well written, well developed story that has not been manipulated for… Continue reading The Aosawa Murders by Riku Onda (a most excellent beginning to the Japanese Literature Challenge 13)
Now it is January; now we officially begin the Japanese Literature Challenge 13. If you are participating this year, here are the few guidelines: The Challenge runs from January 1, 2020 through March 31, 2020 In March, there will be a read along of The Makioka Sisters for those who are interested. Read and review… Continue reading Welcome to the Japanese Literature Challenge 13!
One of the greatest joys of blogging, for me, is the opportunity to share Japanese literature with one another. Judging by the inquiries I begin receiving in November and December, it appears that many bloggers who remember it, as well as some who have heard of it, are also eager to begin again. The idea… Continue reading It’s time to begin thinking about the Japanese Literature Challenge 13
I have been seeing posts of reading plans for 2021 on many of my friends’ blogs, and I hope that you will find time this coming year to join in the Japanese Literature Challenge now to begin its fourteenth year. As in years past, it will run from January through March. We will read books… Continue reading The Japanese Literature Challenge 14 (Coming January 2021)
I have been waiting for the mailman most impatiently this week. Finally, yesterday, he delivered all that I’ve been anticipating (except Samantha, the tabby). First, there is The Forest of Wool and Steel by Natsu Miyashita. With over one million copies sold, it is the winner of the Japan Booksellers’ Award, “selected by bookshop staff… Continue reading Sunday Salon: a Japanese literature treasure trove edition
It has been such a privilege to read Japanese literature with you these past three months. I want to extend a big thank you to Gnoe who inquired about it last Summer, and Mel U who has participated since the beginning years of the challenge; they were enough to let me know that at least… Continue reading Japanese Literature Challenge 12: We Have Come To The End
Gretchen of Gladsome Lights has written a beautiful post entitled Four Sad Poems from the Japanese, taken from a collection of One Hundred Poems From the Japanese, gathered and edited by Kenneth Rexroth in 1964. Here is another post of hers highlighting two poems. One is entitled At The Boundaries of Life and Death by… Continue reading Japanese Literature Challenge 12: State of the Challenge #10