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The Keshiki Series: New Voices from Japan (Part 1)

Eight chapbooks, each containing a tale (or tales) of around thirty or forty pages, all by Japanese authors of varying successes that you may not have heard of. If you have, here is more of what you already love. If you have not, these books are a wonderful treat indeed: a glimpse into the styles, themes, and stories that these writers’ minds are bursting with. Here...

Review: Killing Commendatore – Haruki Murakami

Killing Commendatore | Haruki Murakami | Translated by Philip Gabriel Most established authors become known for their tropes, be they genre, theme, character type, or writing style. For Murakami, his tropes are his events. Read enough of his works (whilst listening to a few old jazz records) and the lines between them start to blur. You may come to ask yourself...

Asian Translated Graphic Novels

Five Translated Asian Graphic Novels We Love

Since reading Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home, I’ve been a big fan of the graphic memoir. Using drawing as a medium to deliver a message isn’t a new concept but I’m so grateful for the slew of comics in the last couple of years that deal with the more difficult concepts in life. From the simply drawn three panel cartoons to these full books. Some of...

Autumn Must Read Books

Autumn Must-Read Books | October/November 2018 List

It’s that time again. Here is our latest list of upcoming novels and non-fiction that we’re excited for this Autumn. There are some fantastic and truly moving reads this time around; enjoy! All you Can Ever Know  Nicole Chung If there’s one book on this list you decide to give a try, it’s this one. This poignant memoir will speak to anyone who has felt...

slum wolf

Why you Should Read Slum Wolf by Tadao Tsuge

In the wake of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan suffered change after change; reeling from its losses, struggling to deal with its shame, fighting to rebuild its economy and its strength. This was a truly dark time for a nation that had lost its occupation of Taiwan and Korea, and was now to be occupied itself by the US until 1952. Fast-forward to the...

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Review: If Cats Disappeared from the World

Genki Kawamura | Translated by Eric Selland When reaching for a piece of Japanese fiction, be it novel, manga, or anime, there’s a 50% chance that you’ll find a cat on the cover, a cat in the title, a feline protagonist, or a story chock full of cat-related shenanigans. While in the west we proudly label the dog as man’s best friend, in Japan it is undeniably the cat...

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Review: The Incendiaries by R.O.Kwon | Confronting Religion

  “People with no experience of God tend to think that leaving the faith would be a liberation, a flight from guilt, rules, but what I couldn’t forget was the joy I’d known, loving Him.” John Leal, whose name is always written and spoken of in full, was detained in a North Korean gulag. Upon release – as a man transformed, he returns to his old university in the...