Tuesday 15 August 2023

Only Yesterday by Mutsuo Takahashi


Another to add to the list (if I compile one for this year!) of books to read Only Yesterday by Mutsuo Takahashi translated by Jeffrey Angles.

for more information please visit Canarium Books

The Art and Life of Fukuda Kodojin

Another book prompt, The Art and Life of Fukuda Kodojin: Japan's Great Poet and Landscape Artist by Dr Andreas Marks and Jonathan Chaves with an essay by Paul Berry.

the book info at Tuttle

Quiet Night by Kaori Fujino


A quick highlight of the story Quiet Night by Kaori Fujino, translated by Heather D. Davis which is up to read over at Guernica. I'm very much looking forward to also reading Nails and Eyes which was awarded the Akutagawa Prize back in 2013 recently published by Pushkin Press, translated by Kendall Heitzmann. 

Quiet Night at Guernica

Wednesday 24 November 2021

I Guess All We Have is Freedom

 A book I'm basically twiddling my thumbs in anticipation waiting for is I Guess All We Have is Freedom - stories by Genpei Akasegawa translated by Matthew Fargo and published by Kaya Press. 

But in the meantime here's a link to the book's details - 

I Guess All We Have is Freedom at Kaya Press

Monday 8 February 2021

Granta - 20 for 2020

I'm a little late on this but I thought I'd post a link to this project from Granta that was due to be put out at the same time as last year's planned Tokyo Olympics, but things have turned out very differently. Hope that you are well and find this of interest.


Monday 17 August 2020

The Kingdom That Failed

 translated by Jay Rubin, The Kingdom That Failed by Murakami Haruki is available to read at The New Yorker -


reconciliation by Shiga Naoya

pleased to pick up a copy of reconciliation by Naoya Shiga recently published by canongate and translated by Ted Goossen. very much hope I can add a more in depth review in the near future. contemplating my blog recently, there's the pull to perhaps add an additional twitter account as time has been an obstacle for me, although with my blog I've hoped to avoid it from slipping into the somewhat rewardlessness slipstream of social media, it's something I've wanted to sidetrack with my reading. that said this book despite it's translator has drifted off certain American places/radar, so hopefully I'll come back with a fuller review.

Saturday 1 August 2020

Yukio Mishima - The Death of a Man

A book I'm much looking forward to and one I'll add to the list of titles for this year is Yukio Mishima - The Death of a Man published to commemorate 50 years since the author's passing. With photographs by Kishin Shinoyama. As of yet I can't see details of the translator, the book is published by Rizzoli. The Death of Man at Rizzoli USA https://www.rizzoliusa.com/book/9780847868698/

Friday 10 January 2020

Careless by Hiroko Oyamada

I've a copy of The Factory by Hiroko Oyamada, translated by David Boyd to read very soon and I'm interested to read that a new title from her is forthcoming later in the year, The Hole, which won the Akutagawa Prize, again translated by David Boyd. Another short story Careless by Oyamada is translated by Lucy North and is available to read via Granta Online.

Reading history - 2019

From one list to another, a quick, albeit a little late,run down of books I managed to read last year, apologies I'll not list translators or publishers, but obviously many thanks to them for their endeavours, happy reading in 2020.

Arthur Rimbaud - Illuminations
Andre Gide - Urien's Voyage
Walter Kempowski - Homeland
Joseph Roth - Flight Without End
Frederic Dard - Bird In A Cage
Robert Aickman - The Inner Room
Roland Topor - Head to Toe Portrait of Suzanne
Guy de Maupassant - Pierre and Jean
Lucy M. Boston - The Sea Egg
Hans Koningsberger - A Walk With Love and Death
Tomas Transtromer - The Half Finished Heaven
Yu Miri - Tokyo Ueno Station
Yukiko Motoya - Picnic In the Storm
Claire Keegan - Foster
Edgardo Franzosini - The Animal Gazer
Edouard Louis - Who Killed My Father?
Sadeq Hedayat - The Blind Owl
Yukio Mishima - Star
Henri-Pierre Roche - Jules et Jim
Eric Vuillard - The Order of the Day
Rilke and Betz - Rilke In Paris
Boris Pasternak - The Last Summer
Patrick Modiano - The Sleep of Memory
George Simenon - The Hand
Elio Vittorini - Conversations in Sicily
Merce Rodoreda - Death In Spring
Yukio Mishima - Life For Sale
George Simenon - The Glass Cage
Yoko Ogawa - The Memory Police
Arthur Rimbaud - A Season In Hell
Sarah Moss - Ghost Wall
Andre Gide - The Counterfeiters
Jean de la Ville de Mirmont - The Sundays of Jean Dezert
Kentaro Miura -  Berserk vol -1, 2, 3
Andre Naffis-Sahely - The Promised Land
Kenzaburo Oe - J and Seventeen