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6 Translated Books for People who Love Japan and Cats

If there’s one nation that loves its cats, it’s… well, probably Ancient Egypt, but they’re gone. So, now, it’s Japan. In Japanese culture and mythology, cats have been revered for centuries. The most famous example of this is the maneki-neko or beckoning cat – a statue, often seen in shops and restaurants, of a cat sitting …

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12 Translated Books Coming in Summer 2019

Summer 2019 is a wonderful time to expand your horizons and enjoy more translated literature. If you’re heading to a far-flung place on holiday, bring along a book from that place and enjoy it in your downtime. If you’re not going anywhere, read books from places you wish you could see this summer. Seeing a …

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Read These 9 Translated Books This Summer

How do you define a summer read or a beach read? If we’re going by stereotypes (and I’m here reminded of that one scene from Black Books), men like spy thrillers and women, supposedly, like flighty romance. It’s either that or something short and easy to enjoy, something summery in theme and setting, or something …

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9 Books Found in Every UK Charity Bookshop (And Why)

As a Brit in today’s political climate, it can sometimes be tough to find things to be proud of. One thing I always enjoy when I visit home, however, is a lovely Oxfam Bookshop. There’s at least one charity bookshop in every town, and they can be a great place to pick up a new …

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7 Books and Comics to Read if You Loved Good Omens

So you loved Good Omens? The Good Omens TV adaptation hit Amazon Prime like a meteor, and it caused a tsunami of positive whoops and cheers from long-time fans of the book and newcomers alike. The show, as adaptations go, is perfect. It’s a lesson in how to use costume, set, style, dialogue, and music …

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5 New Fantasy Books to Read After Game of Thrones

So, the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones has wrapped up. In my opinion, the previous two post-book seasons did a decent job at continuing the story that George R.R. Martin had laid out. Season 8, however, was lacking in character progression, decent dialogue, worthy endings to many story arcs, and any real …

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Review: Red Circle Minis (1-3)

The Red Circle Minis Collection – Three New Japanese Stories The ethos and approach to publishing of Red Circle Authors Limited is everything that we at Books and Bao cherish. As someone who howls from the mountaintops about the importance of Anglophones reading more translated literature from across the globe, it is thrilling to see …

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5 Indonesian Writers You Should be Reading

All eyes are trained on Indonesia right now. Its tourism is flourishing more than ever; foreigners from the West are flooding there to work and live cheaply and healthily (for better or worse), and its art scene is finally being celebrated the world over. Some of the biggest names in poetry, prose, and essays all …

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12 Excellent Books and Comics by Asian Women in Translation (2020)

Across Asia, women writers are changing the literary landscape by pointing a finger at the patriarchy, by writing clever and innovative genre fiction, by highlighting their unique histories and politics, and this creating exciting and thrilling literature. Here, we have been very excited to create a list of comics and graphic novels by, who we …

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