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The Penguin Book of Japanese Short Stories

Paperback - 14 July 2020
Rubin, Jay (Translator)
Rubin, Jay (Editor)
Rubin, Jay (Notes by)
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A major new collection of Japanese short stories, many appearing in English for the first time, with an introduction by Haruki Murakami

A Penguin Classic

This fantastically varied and exciting collection celebrates the art of the Japanese short story, from its origins in the nineteenth century to the remarkable practitioners writing today. Edited by acclaimed translator Jay Rubin, who has himself freshly translated some of the stories, and with an introduction by Haruki Murakami, this book is a revelation.

Stories by writers already well known to English-language readers are included--like Tanizaki, Akutagawa, Murakami, Mishima, Kawabata, and Yoshimoto--as well as many surprising new finds. From Yuko Tsushima's Flames to Yuten Sawanishi's Filling Up with Sugar to Shin'ichi Hoshi's Shoulder-Top Secretary to Banana Yoshimoto's Bee Honey, The Penguin Book of Japanese Short Stories is filled with fear, charm, beauty, and comedy.

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