The Penguin Book of Japanese Short Stories

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Jay Rubin
Penguin Books, Apr 4, 2019 - Fiction - 576 pages
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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About the author (2019)

Jay Rubin (editor) is a translator and scholar who has translated several of Haruki Murakami's major works, including Norwegian Wood and The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, as well as Natsume Sōseki's The Miner and Sanshirō and Ryūnosuke Akutagawa's Rashōmon and Seventeen Other Stories. He is the author of Making Sense of Japanese, Haruki Murakami and the Music of Words, and a novel, The Sun Gods. He has taught at Harvard and lives in Seattle.

Haruki Murakami (introducer) is one of Japan's most admired and widely read novelists, whose work has been translated into more than fifty languages. His more than twenty books include The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Kafka on the Shore, Norwegian Wood, and Killing Commendatore. Among his many international honors is the Jerusalem Prize, whose previous recipients include the Nobel Prize winners J. M. Coetzee and V. S. Naipaul. Born in Kyoto in 1949, Murakami now lives near Tokyo.

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