Tag Archives: Japanese Literature

Secrets and surprises: ‘The Key’ by Jun’ichirō Tanizaki

From Adrian Mole to Zamyatin’s ‘We’, from ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’ to Bridget Jones, very few things beat a good diary entry novel.  And if a single diary wasn’t powerful enough, the run-away success of Flynn’s ‘Gone Girl’ shows how much … Continue reading

Posted in Japanese Literature, Jun'ichirō Tanizaki, Reading in translation | Tagged , , , | 4 Comments

You can’t have too many cat books: ‘The Guest Cat’ by Takashi Hiraide

I had many reasons for being tempted by ‘The Guest Cat.’  Besides from the obvious (I like reading; I like cats) there were the arresting cover, the fact that I’d been planning on reading more Japanese literature this year and the peer … Continue reading

Posted in Cat books, Japanese Literature, Reading in translation, Takashi Hiraide | Tagged , , | 13 Comments

Long before Youtube kitten videos: ‘I am a Cat’ by Natsume Sōseki (1905-6)

It can be hard to think outside the box when you’re as devoted to book lists and recommendations as I am.  Still, sometimes I think I manage to read something a bit more unexpected.  Take this autumn for example, when, … Continue reading

Posted in Cat books, Japanese Literature, Natsume Sōseki, Reading in translation | Tagged , , , , | 10 Comments

Transcending cultures? ‘Quicksand’ by Jun’ichirō Tanizaki (1928-30)

‘Quicksand’ is on my bookshelf because years ago I read Tanizaki’s ‘Some Prefer Nettles’ and decided it was the best book ever.  Set in 1920s Japan, it was evocative, exotic and wonderfully baffling.  Sadly, it was also a library book … Continue reading

Posted in Japanese Literature, Jun'ichirō Tanizaki | Tagged , , , , | 13 Comments