A dazzlingly impressive collection of stories from this generation’s Kenzaburo Oe.
Filmmaker and actor Beat Takeshi’s novel reads more like a movie, in ways both good and bad.
A simple plot reveals complex inquiries of gender roles and modernization in a transitional period of Japan’s modern history.
Why haven’t you bought this already? It’s great!
An ambitious novel filled with great ideas, but marred by flat writing and an unclear message.
A very well-written, pleasant story about two lonely people connecting, but lacks the oomph of Manazuru.
An essential collection of contemporary writers, with something for everyone.
Lying somewhere between a character study and a traditional thriller, The Thief doesn’t quite transcend the clichés it employs, but is enjoyable nonetheless.
A fun and thought-provoking blend of serious, inquisitive sci-fi and fun, action-packed sci-fi that is truly epic.
Manazuru is an excellent example of when language and style make up for any shortcomings in plot.