The Japanese Literature Challenge is in its 4th year, between June 1, 2010 and January 30, 2011 and hosted by lovely Dolce Bellezza.
- Hotel Iris, Yoko Ogawa
- Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami
- After Dark, Haruki Murakami
- Changeling by Kenzaburo Oe
- After the Banquet by Yukio Mishima
- The Sailor Who Fell From Grace with the Sea by Yukio Mishima
- Asleep, Banana Yoshimoto
- The Maid, Yasutaka Tsutsui
- The Temple of the Golden Pavilion, Yukio Mishima
- After the Quake by Haruki Murakami
- Quicksand by Junichiro Tanizaki
- Norwegian Wood, Haruki Murakami
I think I’m not the only who will say this: Once you begin reading Japanese Literature, you get hook to it. The only J-lit I read before signing up for this challenge are Haruki Murakami, Banana Yoshimoto and Yoko Ogawa. Looking at my reading list above, it doesn’t look as if I diversify very much but I fell in love with novels by Yukio Mishima this year.
J-Lit challenges my thinking, pushes the boundaries of my reading, teases my curiosity. It opens my eyes to another culture which I thought I knew, but now I know I knew nothing. Shocked me, enticed me, disturbed me, J-Lit is here to stay on my reading list.
Amongst my favourites, I recommend After the Banquet, The Temple of the Golden Pavillion by Yukio Mishima; and Sputnik Sweetheart and Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami.
Fortunately I have Haruki Murakami Reading Challenge 2011 to look forward to, to get my J-lit fix. The rate I am going, I think I will be heading towards the Super-frog level of the Murakami Challenge real soon. (Can you believe there are 439 sign-ups to date?!!)
Won’t you join me in reading more Japanese Literature this year (whatever the challenges, reading or personal, may be)?
See other participants’ reading list on the J-Lit 4 review site.