One of the very first novels by a Japanese author I read was Goodbye Tsugumi by Banana Yoshimoto. I liked it so much that I read four of her other books. I still, though I think most people prefer her Kitchen, think it is the best of her work. I was very excited to recently learn that Melville House has now released an English language translation of her newest novel, The Lake. Parts of the proceeds from the sale of this novel will go to relief funds for victims of the recent earthquake in Japan. I am really looking forward to reading this book, hopefully for Japanese Literature V which should be starting soon.
Here is what Melville House tells us The Lake is about
"The Lake is a hypnotic, delicate, and suspenseful tale about a young painter named Chihiro and her relationship with a brilliant but troubled young man named Nakajima who has a mysterious trauma in his past."
This sounds like a great book, doesn't it?! :)
Suko-yes it does-perhaps we can schedule our posts on this book for the same day during jl5
Banana Yoshimoto's work was one of the first pieces of Japanese literature I read, too! It was Kitchen, which also remains my favorite. I've read Good-bye Tsugumi and N.P., but I'm really looking forward to The Lake. We'll have fun discussing it, won't we? By the way, the Japanese Literature Challenge 5 starts June 1. I hope you're up for another go around!
One author I have to get to. Contemporary Japanese society is something I am not very familiar with. Sakura has also done a post on this one today.
Bellezza-yes for sure I will be actively participating in Japanese Literature
Mystica-consider participating in the Japanese Literature V reading challenge
Bellezza, thank you for confirming the opening of the JLC-5. I'm looking forward to it, big time!
I want to read the Lake as much as you do Mel and I'll be signing up for J-Lit 5 as well, maybe won't have the chance of reading as much as I did last year but it is still my favourite challenge.
I'll be excited to read this one, too. I love Yoshimoto's novels and novellas, and while 'Kitchen' is still my favorite, I also very much enjoyed 'Asleep.'
Post a Comment