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Recommended short story books (9)
Travel the world without leaving your chair. If you are into short story here are some short story books from Japan for the next part of the Read Around The World Challenge.

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Japanese Tales of Mystery & Imagination by Edogawa Rampo, James B. Harris EN

Rating: 5 (2 votes)
Country: Asia / Japan flag Japan
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Life Ceremony : Stories by Sayaka Murata EN

Rating: 4 (1 vote)
Country: Asia / Japan flag Japan
Description:
The long-awaited first short story-collection by the author of the cult sensation Convenience Store Woman, tales of weird love, heartfelt friendships, and the unsettling nature of human existence With Life Ceremony, the incomparable Sayaka Murata is back with her first collection of short stories ever to be translated into English. In Japan, Murata is particularly admired for her short stories, which are sometimes sweet, sometimes shocking, and always imbued with an otherworldly imagination and uncanniness. In these twelve stories, Murata mixes an unusual cocktail of humor and horror to portra... continue

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Men Without Women : Stories by Haruki Murakami EN

Rating: 3 (2 votes)
Country: Asia / Japan flag Japan
Description:
NATIONAL BESTSELLER • Including the story "Drive My Car”—now an Academy Award–nominated film—this collection from the internationally acclaimed author "examines what happens to characters without important women in their lives; it'll move you and confuse you and sometimes leave you with more questions than answers" (Barack Obama). Across seven tales, Haruki Murakami brings his powers of observation to bear on the lives of men who, in their own ways, find themselves alone. Here are lovesick doctors, students, ex-boyfriends, actors, bartenders, and even Kafka’s Gregor Samsa, brought together to ... continue

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Night on the Galactic Railroad & Other Stories from Ihatov by Kenji Miyazawa EN

Rating: 4 (1 vote)
Country: Asia / Japan flag Japan
Description:
Kenji Miyazawa (1896-1933) is one of Japan's most beloved writers and poets, known particularly for his sensitive and symbolist children's fiction. This volume collects stories which focus on Miyazawa's love of space and his use of the galaxy as a metaphor for the concepts of purity, self-sacrifice and faith which were near and dear to his heart. "The Nighthawk Star" follows an lowly bird as he struggles to transform himself into something greater, a constellation in the night sky; "Signal & Signal-less" depicts a pair of star-crossed train signals who dream of eloping to the moon; and "Night ... continue

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People from My Neighborhood : Stories by Hiromi Kawakami EN

Rating: 4 (1 vote)
Country: Asia / Japan flag Japan
Description:
Nominated for the 2021 Shirley Jackson Award From the author of the internationally bestselling Strange Weather in Tokyo, a collection of interlinking stories that masterfully blend the mundane and the mythical—"fairy tales in the best Brothers Grimm tradition: naïf, magical, and frequently veering into the macabre" (Financial Times). A bossy child who lives under a white cloth near a tree; a schoolgirl who keeps doll's brains in a desk drawer; an old man with two shadows, one docile and one rebellious; a diplomat no one has ever seen who goes fishing at an artificial lake no one has ever hear... continue

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Rashōmon and Seventeen Other Stories by Ryūnosuke Akutagawa EN

Rating: 5 (1 vote)
Country: Asia / Japan flag Japan
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Ryunosuke Akutagawa (1892-1927) is one of Japan's foremost stylists - a modernist master whose short stories are marked by highly original imagery, cynicism, beauty and wild humour. "Rashomon" and "In a Bamboo Grove" inspired Kurosawa's magnificent film and depict a past in which morality is turned upside down, while tales such as "The Nose", "O-Gin" and "Loyalty" paint a rich and imaginative picture of a medieval Japan peopled by Shoguns and priests, vagrants and peasants. And in later works such as "Death Register", "The Life of a Stupid Man" and "Spinning Gears", Akutagawa drew from his own... continue

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Revenge : Eleven Dark Tales by Yoko Ogawa EN

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Country: Asia / Japan flag Japan
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Offers eleven interwoven macabre short stories that take an ominous look at grotesque characters, violent emotions, and murder.

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The Ginza Ghost by Keikichi Ōsaka EN

Rating: 3 (1 vote)
Country: Asia / Japan flag Japan
Description:
The Japanese form of Golden Age detective fiction was re-launched in the early 1980s as shin honkaku by Soji Shimada and Yukito Ayatsuji, but the original honkaku dates from the 1930s and one of its pioneers was Keikichi Osaka. The Ginza Ghost is a collection of twelve of his best stories, almost all impossible crimes. Although the solutions are strictly fair-play, there is an unreal, almost hallucinatory quality to them. Osaka, who died tragically young, was an early pioneer and master of the genre, whose work is only now starting to be re-discovered. Readers of LRI's The Decagon house Murder... continue

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The Penguin Book of Japanese Short Stories by Jun'ichirō Tanizaki EN

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Country: Asia / Japan flag Japan
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A major new collection of Japanese short stories, many appearing in English for the first time, with an introduction by Haruki Murakami, author of Killing Commendatore A Penguin Classics Hardcover This fantastically varied and exciting collection celebrates the art of the Japanese short story, from its origins in the nineteenth century to the remarkable practitioners writing today. Edited by acclaimed translator Jay Rubin, who has himself freshly translated some of the stories, and with an introduction by Haruki Murakami, this book is a revelation. Stories by writers already well known to Engl... continue