Thursday, May 24, 2012

Japanese Literature Challenge


June 1 - January 30, 2013

Hosted by Bellezza at Dolce Bellezza, who has provided a Suggested Reading List for the challenge.

Read at least one work of Japanese literature (or poetry) written by a Japanese author (or poet).


Completed for this challenge:

Deep River by Shusaku Endo****
Thief by Fuminori Nakamura****
The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino****

Previous read and recommend:

Shipwrecks by Akira Yoshimura
Snow Country by Yosunari Kawabata

The Temple of the Golden Pavilion by Yukio Mishima
Silence by Shusaku Endo 
Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami 
Obasan by Joy Kogawa
Itsuka by Joy Kogawa
Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto
The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa
Hotel Iris by Yoko Ogawa
The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka
Teach Us to Outgrow Our Madness by Kenzaburo Oe
A Personal Matter by Kenzaburo Oe (non-fiction)
The 210th Day by Natsume Soseki

Stained Glass Elegies: Stories by Shusaku Endo
In Praise of Shadows by Junichiro Tanizaki (essays)Glass Children and Other Esssys by Daisaku Ikeda
From the Country of Eight Islands: An Anthology of Japanese Poetry by Hiroaki Sato
Narrow Road to the North by Matsuo Basho (poetry and travelogue)
Traces of Dreams: Landscape, Cultural Memory, and the Poetry of Basho by Haruo Shirane

Consider joining us in discussions and reviews for the sixth year of the Japanese Literature Challenge.

4 comments:

  1. I hope you love every book you read for the challenge!

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  2. what a neat challenge. i have learned though that unless it's the europa challenge, i'm pretty useless. i forget, or i read the book and forget the activity, or something else happens and i never do the challenge. so my challenge this year is no more challenges, except for europa :)

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  3. Shipwrecks was wonderful. I might re-read it.

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  4. Though I am not a Japanese literature lover, I hope I could find time to read one of those books in your list. Thanks!

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