Reading Japanese authors in January: Haruki Murakami, Toshikazu Kawaguchi, and Sayaka Muraka

January 2021 was a very prolific in terms of reading, especially reading Japanese authors! As part of the Japanese literature challenge, in this post I share 4 books I read this month, plus other recommendations and ideas.

Peculiar books around the world: the 360° books from Japan

I think that sometimes we take for granted the definition of a book: "a printed work of fiction or nonfiction, usually on sheets of paper fastened or bound together within covers" (Dictionary.com). But what if there are other species of books, ones that might not be made to be read or browsed? In this post, I want to tell … Continue reading Peculiar books around the world: the 360° books from Japan

Kimonos and a life-changing discovery: The Old Capital by Yasunari Kawabata (book review)

Earlier this year I published a list of recommendations of books written by Japanese authors, list suggested by a very knowledgeable friend. At that point I found out about "The Old Capital" by Kawabata, a novel published in 1962. It was one of the books cited by the Nobel Committee in their decision to award Kawabata the 1968 Prize … Continue reading Kimonos and a life-changing discovery: The Old Capital by Yasunari Kawabata (book review)

Reading inspiration from the Land of the Rising Sun: 7 books written by Japanese authors

You might have noticed the recent Japanese vibes present on Readers' High Tea. I read two books by Murakami ("1Q84" and "Kafka on the Shore"), for "1Q84" I also wrote about its book covers around the world, and a WanderBook made it to Japan - a journey beautifully documented by my family (check Facebook page). … Continue reading Reading inspiration from the Land of the Rising Sun: 7 books written by Japanese authors

Oedipus myth wrapped in surrealism – Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami (book review)

I start this post by making a confession: reading two books in a row (not part of a series) written by the same author was a first for me. After reading a book, I usually want to try something else, or I already decided what book to read next and I stick to the plan. … Continue reading Oedipus myth wrapped in surrealism – Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami (book review)

The world with a question mark – 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami (book review)

1Q84 - the book* I got so hooked on that I spent late evenings and early mornings reading it. Interestingly, I did not know any single bit about this book before I started reading it ... I was very excited when I received it as Christmas present, but I had no idea about the fascinating … Continue reading The world with a question mark – 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami (book review)

Building the Death Railway: The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan (book review)

When a couple of months ago I asked the blog's readers for recommendations of books written by Australian authors, "The Narrow Road to the Deep North" by Richard Flanagan was one of the books I was told about (thank you, Robin!). The novel was awarded the 2014 Man Booker Prize, being described by the jury … Continue reading Building the Death Railway: The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan (book review)