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2002 ·
·3.81·1,412 Ratings ·248 Pages
“ Silence is the language of God, all else is poor translation. ” ― Rumi
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  • The Miner

    ·3.97·267 Ratings
    Written in 1908, this absurdist novel about the indeterminate nature of human personality anticipates the work of Joyce and Beckett. Almost devoid of plot and characterization, it unfolds within the mind of the protagonist. His ruminatations constitute th
  • Haruki Murakami and the Music of Words

    ·3.8·1,353 Ratings
    REVISED AND UPDATED WITH NEW MATERIAL ON 1Q84As a young man, Haruki Murakami played records and mixed drinks at his Tokyo Jazz club, Peter Cat, then wrote at the kitchen table until the sun came up. He loves music of all kinds - jazz, classical, folk, roc
  • Making Sense of Japanese: What the Textbooks Don't Tell You

    ·4.17·355 Ratings
    Making Sense of Japanese is the fruit of one foolhardy American's thirty-year struggle to learn and teach the Language of the Infinite. Previously known as Gone Fishin', this book has brought Jay Rubin more feedback than any of his literary translations o
  • The Sun Gods

    ·3.94·92 Ratings
    Arriving in Seattle on the eve of World War II, Japanese-born Mitsuko falls for Tom, a widowed pastor, and becomes surrogate mother to his fair-haired American toddler, Bill. But the bombing of Pearl Harbor strains the newly formed family as U.S. governme
  • The Life of a Stupid Man

    ·3.82·977 Ratings
    'What is the life of a human being - a drop of dew, a flash of lightning? This is so sad, so sad.' Autobiographical stories from one of Japan's masters of modernist story-telling. Introducing Little Black Classics: 80 books for Penguin's 80th birthday. Li
  • Super-Frog Saves Tokyo

    ·3.64·299 Ratings
    “Super-frog Saves Tokyo” is a short story from the collection “After the Quake.” Its English translation has been published in GQ magazine.If you’re looking for this in Japanese, the Japanese title of the story is 『かえるくん、東京を
  • Town of Cats

    ·4.05·1,019 Ratings
    The story “Town of Cats” is excerpted from three-part novel, “1Q84”. In the book, Tengo is one of two main characters who pass between two distinct worlds, one of which has supernatural elements. But this story deals mainly with the real world —
  • Hell Screen

    ·4.24·731 Ratings
    "There can be no doubt that Akutagawa had more individuality than any other writer of his time and has left in Japanese literature a mass of artistic work, often grotesque and curious, that, while it undoubtedly angers the proletarian experimenters who no
  • I Am a Cat: I

    ·3.47·300 Ratings
    See alternate cover edition here.I am a cat. As yet I have no name.So begins one of the most original and unforgettable works in Japanese literature.Richly allegorical and delightfully readable, I Am a Cat is the chronicle of an unloved, unwanted, wanderi
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