Audition pdf

Audition  pdf

Title: Audition pdf

Author: Ryū Murakami,

Genre: ,Horror,Fiction,Cultural,Japan,Asian Literature,Japanese Literature,Thriller,Mystery

Pages: 208 pages

Audition pdf

Documentary-maker Aoyama hasn’t dated anyone in the seven years since the death of his beloved wife, Ryoko. Now even his teenage son Shige has suggested he think about remarrying. So when his best friend Yoshikawa comes up with a plan to hold fake film auditions so that Aoyama can choose a new bride, he decides to go along with the idea

 

Kitchen pdf

Kitchen  pdf

Title: Kitchen pdf

Author: Banana Yoshimoto,

Genre: ,Fiction,Cultural,Japan,Asian Literature,Japanese Literature,Short Stories,Contemporary

Pages: 152 pages

Kitchen pdf

Banana Yoshimoto’s novels have made her a sensation in Japan and all over the world, and Kitchen, the dazzling English-language debut that is still her best-loved book, is an enchantingly original and deeply affecting book about mothers, love, tragedy, and the power of the kitchen and home in the lives of a pair of free-spirited young women in contemporary Japan. Mikage, the heroine of Kitchen, is an orphan raised by her grandmother, who has passed away. Grieving, she is taken in by her friend Yoichi and his mother (who was once his father), Eriko. As the three of them form an improvised family that soon weathers its own tragic losses, Yoshimoto spins a lovely, evocative tale that recalls early Marguerite Duras. Kitchen and its companion story, “Moonlight Shadow,” are elegant tales whose seeming simplicity is the ruse of a writer whose voice echoes in the mind and the soul.

 

The Tale of Genji pdf

The Tale of Genji  pdf

Title: The Tale of Genji pdf

Author: Murasaki Shikibu,

Genre: ,Classics,Fiction,Cultural,Japan,Asian Literature,Japanese Literature,Historical,Historical Fiction

Pages: 1182 pages

The Tale of Genji pdf

See an alternate cover edition here .,Written in the eleventh century, this portrait of courtly life in medieval Japan is widely celebrated as the world’s first novel. The Tale of Genji is a very long romance, running to fifty-four chapters and describing the court life of Heian Japan, from the tenth century into the eleventh.

 

Battle Royale pdf

Battle Royale  pdf

Title: Battle Royale pdf

Author: Koushun Takami,

Genre: ,Fiction,Science Fiction,Dystopia,Horror,Science Fiction,Young Adult,Thriller,Cultural,Japan,Asian Literature,Japanese Literature,Fantasy,Action

Pages: 617 pages

Battle Royale pdf

Koushun Takami’s notorious high-octane thriller is based on an irresistible premise: a class of junior high school students is taken to a deserted island where, as part of a ruthless authoritarian program, they are provided arms and forced to kill one another until only one survivor is left standing. Criticized as violent exploitation when first published in Japan – where it then proceeded to become a runaway bestseller – Battle Royale is a Lord of the Flies for the 21st century, a potent allegory of what it means to be young and (barely) alive in a dog-eat-dog world. Made into a controversial hit movie of the same name, Battle Royale is already a contemporary Japanese pulp classic, now available for the first time in the English language.

 

Norwegian Wood pdf

Norwegian Wood  pdf

Title: Norwegian Wood pdf

Author: Haruki Murakami,

Genre: ,Fiction,Cultural,Japan,Romance,Asian Literature,Japanese Literature,Contemporary

Pages: 296 pages

Norwegian Wood pdf

Toru, a quiet and preternaturally serious young college student in Tokyo, is devoted to Naoko, a beautiful and introspective young woman, but their mutual passion is marked by the tragic death of their best friend years before.Toru begins to adapt to campus life and the loneliness and isolation he faces there, but Naoko finds the pressures and responsibilities of life

 

Kafka on the Shore pdf

Kafka on the Shore  pdf

Title: Kafka on the Shore pdf

Author: Haruki Murakami,

Genre: ,Fiction,Magical Realism,Cultural,Japan,Fantasy,Asian Literature,Japanese Literature

Pages: 467 pages

Kafka on the Shore pdf

Kafka on the Shore, a tour de force of metaphysical reality, is powered by two remarkable characters: a teenage boy, Kafka Tamura, who runs away from home either to escape a gruesome oedipal prophecy or to search for his long-missing mother and sister; and an aging simpleton called Nakata, who never recovered from a wartime affliction and now is drawn toward Kafka for reasons that, like the most basic activities of daily life, he cannot fathom. Their odyssey, as mysterious to them as it is to us, is enriched throughout by vivid accomplices and mesmerizing events. Cats and people carry on conversations, a ghostlike pimp employs a Hegel-quoting prostitute, a forest harbors soldiers apparently unaged since World War II, and rainstorms of fish (and worse) fall from the sky. There is a brutal murder, with the identity of both victim and perpetrator a riddle—yet this, along with everything else, is eventually answered, just as the entwined destinies of Kafka and Nakata are gradually revealed, with one escaping his fate entirely and the other given a fresh start on his own.

 

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle pdf

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle  pdf

Title: The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle pdf

Author: Haruki Murakami,

Genre: ,Fiction,Magical Realism,Cultural,Japan,Asian Literature,Japanese Literature,Fantasy,Contemporary,Literature,Novels,Mystery,Cultural,Asia

Pages: 607 pages

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle pdf

Japan’s most highly regarded novelist now vaults into the first ranks of international fiction writers with this heroically imaginative novel, which is at once a detective story, an account of a disintegrating marriage, and an excavation of the buried secrets of World War II.,In a Tokyo suburb a young man named Toru Okada searches for his wife’s missing cat. Soon he finds himself looking for his wife as well in a netherworld that lies beneath the placid surface of Tokyo. As these searches intersect, Okada encounters a bizarre group of allies and antagonists: a psychic prostitute; a malevolent yet mediagenic politician; a cheerfully morbid sixteen-year-old-girl; and an aging war veteran who has been permanently changed by the hideous things he witnessed during Japan’s forgotten campaign in Manchuria.,Gripping, prophetic, suffused with comedy and menace, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle is a tour de force equal in scope to the masterpieces of Mishima and Pynchon.,Three books in one volume: The Thieving Magpie, Bird as Prophet, The Birdcatcher. This translation by Jay Rubin is in collaboration with the author.

 

Hybrid Child pdf

Hybrid Child  pdf

Title: Hybrid Child pdf

Author: Mariko Ōhara,

Genre: ,Science Fiction,Fiction,Cultural,Japan,Science Fiction Fantasy,Asian Literature,Japanese Literature

Pages: 304 pages

Hybrid Child pdf

Until he escaped, he had been called “Sample B #3,” but he had never liked this name. That would surprise them—that he could feel one way or another about it. He was designed to reshape himself based on whatever life forms he ingested; he was not made to think, and certainly not to assume the shape of a repair technician whose cells he had sampled and then simply walk out of the secure compound.,Artificial Intelligence is all too real in this classic of Japanese science fiction by Mariko Ohara. Jonah, a child murdered by her mother, has become the spirit of an AI-controlled house where the rogue cyborg once known as Sample B #3 takes refuge and, making a meal of the dead girl buried under the house, takes Jonah’s form. On faraway Planet Caritas, an outpost of human civilization, the female AI system that governs society has become insane. Meanwhile, the threat of the Adiaptron Empire, the machine race that #3 was built to fight, remains.

 

The Lonesome Bodybuilder pdf

The Lonesome Bodybuilder  pdf

Title: The Lonesome Bodybuilder pdf

Author: Yukiko Motoya,

Genre: ,Short Stories,Fiction,Cultural,Japan,Magical Realism,Asian Literature,Japanese Literature

Pages: 224 pages

The Lonesome Bodybuilder pdf

A housewife takes up bodybuilding and sees radical changes to her physique–which her workaholic husband fails to notice. A boy waits at a bus stop, mocking businessmen struggling to keep their umbrellas open in a typhoon–until an old man shows him that they hold the secret to flying. A woman working in a clothing boutique waits endlessly on a customer who won’t come out of the fitting room–and who may or may not be human. A newlywed notices that her husband’s features are beginning to slide around his face–to match her own.,In these eleven stories, the individuals who lift the curtains of their orderly homes and workplaces are confronted with the bizarre, the grotesque, the fantastic, the alien–and, through it, find a way to liberation. The English-language debut of one of Japan’s most fearlessly inventive young writers.

 

Cult X pdf

Cult X  pdf

Title: Cult X pdf

Author: Fuminori Nakamura,

Genre: ,Fiction,Mystery,Cultural,Japan,Thriller,Asian Literature,Japanese Literature

Pages: 508 pages

Cult X pdf

The magnum opus by Akutagawa Prize-winner Fuminori Nakamura, Cult X is a story that dives into the psychology of fringe religion, obsession, and social disaffection.,When Toru Narazaki’s girlfriend, Ryoko, disappears, he tries to track her down, despite the warnings of a private detective he’s hired to find her. Ryoko’s past is shrouded in mystery, but the one concrete clue to her whereabouts is a previous address where she lived: in a compound in the heart of Tokyo, with a group that seems to be a cult led by a charismatic guru with a revisionist Buddhist scheme of life, death, and society. Narazaki plunges into the secretive world of the cult, ready to expose himself to any of the guru’s brainwashing tactics if it means he can learn the truth about Ryoko. But the cult isn’t what he expected, and he has no idea of the bubbling violence beneath its surface.,Inspired by the 1995 sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway, Cult X is an exploration of what draws individuals into extremism. This multi-faceted novel is nothing less than a tour de force, capturing the connections between astrophysics, neuroscience, and religion. It is an invective against predatory corporate consumerism and exploitative geopolitics, and it is a love story about compassion in the face of nihilism.