Japanese Literary Challenge 4 is here!
17 June, 2010
And what a beautiful button! Dolce Bellezza is once again hosting the Japanese Literary Challenge 4 from 1st June 2010 – 31st January 2011. Head over to her blog to find out what’s going on and to see a list of titles for some inspirational reading.
I’ve got the following titles that I’ve been hoarding for the past six months:
Scandal by Endo Shusaku
The Volcano by Endo Shusaku
The Samurai by Endo Shusaku
A Pale View of Hills by Kazuo Ishiguro
Spring Miscellany by Natsume Sōseki
I am a Cat by Natsume Sōseki
Picking Bones from Ash by Marie Mutsuki Mockett
And a couple in Japanese of which I’m hoping to read at least one:
Sputnik Sweetheart by Murakami Haruki (スプートニクの恋人 by 村上春樹）
Yoru wa Mijikashi Arukeyo Otome by Morimi Tomihiko (夜は短し歩けよ乙女 by 森見登美彦）- loosely translated at It’s a Short Night, Keep Walking Girl
Oyogu no ni wa Anzen de mo Tekisetsu de mo arimasen by Ekuni Kaori （泳ぐのには安全でも適切でもありません by 江國香織） – It’s not Safe or Appropriate to Swim
Machi no Hi by Kitamura Kaoru（街の灯 by 北村薫） – The Light of the Street
Is that too many books? Of course it isn’t! But I doubt I’m prolific enough to finish everything but a girl’s gotta try, right? I’ll probably pick and choose amongst these and any other title that catches my eye. I’ve never read any Endo before so I’m looking forward to finally seeing what everyone’s raving about (although my selection doesn’t include Silence, his most well-known novel). I’m also excited about Picking Bones from Ash by Marie Mutsuki Mockett who is half-Japanese like myself and explores her roots in her debut novel.
Will you join us? And what will you be reading? Go on, tell us!