Best Japanese Reads 2009
- Out by Natsuo Kirino 2004-exciting slice of lower life crime novel
- Kusamakura by Natsume Soseki 1904-beautiful work that teaches us a lot about how to approach literature and art.
- Teach Us to Outgrow Our Madness by Kenzaburo Oe-I love the four stories in this volume. 1969
- The Makioka Sisters by Junichiro Tanizaki. Centers on the lives of four sister in preWorld War II Osaka-1948
- The Woman in the Dunes by Kobe Abe-1964-
- Crazy Iris and other Stories of the Atomic Aftermath (stories from eight authors selected and introduced by Kenzaburo Oe) Most of the authors are atomic bomb survivors. 1985
- Quick Sand by Junichiro Tanizaki-an excellent choice for the GLBT challenge for 2010-it does not seem like a nearly 90 year old novel 1928
- The Flower Mat by Sugoro Yamanto -an historical novel of 17th century Samurai life centering around the wife of a samurai 1948
- One Man's Justice by Akira Yoshimara-story of a soldier returning home in defeat and disgrace. A universally applicable story that gives us a good look at conditions in Japan right after WWII. 1978
- Goodbye Tsugumi by Banana Yoshimoto-most of those who have posted on this and Kitchen like Kitchen better-you will not go wrong with any of her works. 1989
I explicitly proclaim myself as a neophyte in terms of the Japanese novel and put this list forth with that understanding. Japanese novels will be an important part of my reading life (and my blog) from now on. I will always be grateful to Dolce Bellezza for introducing me to the Japanese novel. As far as The Reading Life and Japanese literature, please send me any ideas or suggestions as to new directions to go in. I hope I have only just begun a very long reading relationship.
I was motivated by a great post on Wuthering Expectations to do a series of best of 2009 posts. I will do at least one more post, the next will center on the my best reads since I began my blog (less the Japanese works).