Japanese Literary Challenge 3

9 August, 2009

Japanese Literary Challenge 3

I was going through my blog list during a particularly dry patch at work a few days ago and happened upon the Japanese Literary Challenge hosted by Dolce Bellezza. Two words to instantly grab my attention: Japanese and literary, and although I’m not an aggressive go-getter who’s always out to win, I occasionally like a challenge, and I’m definitely up for some midnight oil burning-type reading. This is Bellezza’s third year hosting this challenge and she has a nice long list of book suggestions. I am familiar with most of the titles from my stint working at a Japanese bookshop during my student days, but I thought I’d try a couple of books that weren’t on the list.

So, the challenge calls for one work of Japanese origin to be read between July 30, 2009 and January 30, 2010. No problemo! I’m going to finally start reading Murakami Haruki’s Kafka on the Shore which has been languishing in my TBR bookcase behind a number of other books and also give Tanizaki Junichiro’s Naomi another go. I tried to read the latter several years back but wasn’t in the right frame of mind so only got past the first few pages. Sartre and Beauvoir were great fans of Tanizaki’s whose books provoked outrage due to their morally ambiguious content.

kafkaontheshorenaomi

I am also currently reading and watching Bleach by Kubo Tite but it’s a long-running manga and anime series and who knows when the end will be in sight. The manga, about Japanese soul reapers, is so good I don’t actually want it to ever end. But I will write about Bleach another day as it deserves its very own post.

bleachvol1

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2 Responses to “Japanese Literary Challenge 3”

  1. Bellezza Says:

    I’m crazy about Kafka on the Shore; I feel I could read it indefinitely and still get something out of it each time. Thanks for telling me about Naomi, and especially that Sartre and Beauvoir were interested in it; news to me! I’m glad to have you along for the challenge and that you happened upon my blog. Welcome!

    • chasingbawa Says:

      Thank you for your comment! I’m really looking forward to your challenge! Another author I really like is Kaori Ekuni, her novel Twinkle Twinkle has been translated into English.


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