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Recommended books (53)
Travel the world without leaving your chair. The target of the Read Around The World Challenge is to read at least one book written by an author from each and every country in the world. All books that are listed here as part of the "Read Around Asia Challenge" were written by authors from Japan. Find a great book for the next part of your reading journey around the world from this book list. The following popular books have been recommended so far.

Le jardin Arc en ciel

Le jardin Arc en ciel by Ogawa Ito FR

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Recommended: 31 Jan 2023


Men Without Women : Stories by Haruki Murakami EN

Rating: 3.8     17 Votes
Country: Asia / Japan flag Japan
NATIONAL BESTSELLER • Including the story "Drive My Car”—now an Academy Award–nominated film—this collection from the internationally acclaimed author "examines what happens to characters without important women in their lives; it'll move you and confuse you and sometimes leave you with more questions than answers" (Barack Obama). Across seven tales, Haruki Murakami brings his powers of observation to bear on the lives of men who, in their own ways, find themselves alone. Here are lovesick doctors, students, ex-boyfriends, actors, bartenders, and even Kafka’s Gregor Samsa, brought together to ... continue
Recommended: 04 Sep 2022


My Annihilation by Fuminori Nakamura EN

Rating: 3     2 Votes
Country: Asia / Japan flag Japan
What transforms a person into a killer? Can it be something as small as a suggestion? Turn this page, and you may forfeit your entire life. With My Annihilation, Fuminori Nakamura, master of literary noir, has constructed a puzzle box of a narrative in the form of a confessional diary that implicates its reader in a heinous crime. Delving relentlessly into the darkest corners of human consciousness, My Annihilation interrogates the unspeakable thoughts all humans share that can be monstrous when brought to life, revealing with disturbing honesty the psychological motives of a killer.
Recommended: 14 Sep 2022


N.P. by Banana Yoshimoto EN

Rating: 3.5     9 Votes
Country: Asia / Japan flag Japan
A powerful story of passion and friendship, the nature of love and the taboos surrounding it. N.P. is the last collection of stories by a celebrated Japanese writer, written in English while she was living in Boston.
Recommended: 26 May 2023


Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro EN

Rating: 4     4 Votes
Country: Asia / Japan flag Japan
NOBEL PRIZE WINNER • From the acclaimed, bestselling author of The Remains of the Day comes “a Gothic tour de force" (The New York Times) with an extraordinary twist—a moving, suspenseful, beautifully atmospheric modern classic. As children, Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy were students at Hailsham, an exclusive boarding school secluded in the English countryside. It was a place of mercurial cliques and mysterious rules where teachers were constantly reminding their charges of how special they were. Now, years later, Kathy is a young woman. Ruth and Tommy have reentered her life. And for the first time... continue

No Longer Human

No Longer Human by Osamu Dazai EN

Rating: 1     1 Vote
Country: Asia / Japan flag Japan
Now in a retro gift cloth edition, No Longer Human ponders profound alienation: Mine has been a life of much shame. I can't even guess myself what it must be to live the life of a human being.
Recommended: 03 May 2023

Norwegian Wood

Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami EN

Rating: 5     2 Votes
Country: Asia / Japan flag Japan
When he hears her favourite Beatles song, Toru Watanabe recalls his first love Naoko, the girlfriend of his best friend Kizuki. Immediately he is transported back almost twenty years to his student days in Tokyo, adrift in a world of uneasy friendships, casual sex, passion, loss and desire - to a time when an impetuous young woman called Midori marches into his life and he has to choose between the future and the past.
Recommended: 12 Dec 2022


Revenge : Eleven Dark Tales by Yoko Ogawa EN

Rating: 4     21 Votes
Country: Asia / Japan flag Japan
Offers eleven interwoven macabre short stories that take an ominous look at grotesque characters, violent emotions, and murder.
Recommended: 23 Aug 2023


Samurai! by Saburo Sakai, Martin Caidin, Fred Saito EN

Rating: 4     5 Votes
Country: Asia / Japan flag Japan
Saburo Sakai is Japan's greatest fighter pilot to survive World War II, and his powerful memoir has proven to be one of the most popular and enduring books ever written on the Pacific war. First published in English in 1957, it gave Americans new perspectives on the air war and on the Japanese pilots who, until then, had been perceived in the United States as mere caricatures. Today, the books remains a valuable eyewitness account of some of the most famous battles in history and a moving, personal story of a courageous naval aviator. A living legend, Sakai engaged in more than two hundred dog... continue
Recommended: 21 Oct 2022


Scattered All Over the Earth by Yoko Tawada EN

Rating: 4.2     5 Votes
Country: Asia / Japan flag Japan
Recommended: 13 Oct 2022

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