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Mieko Kawakami's 'Breasts and Eggs' Is a Feminist Masterpiece

Fearless in its demand for accountability, transcendent in its honesty, Mieko Kawakami's Breasts and Eggs breathes life into feminist literature and throws down a gauntlet for other writers to aspire toward.

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'The Penguin Book of Japanese Short Stories' Is a Perfect Balance of Classic and Modern

The Penguin Book of Japanese Short Stories is not merely another college lit anthology, but a fascinating collection of short stories from all periods and from several authors who all too rarely make it into English translation.

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Convenience Store Virtues (or, the Alienation of Modern Life)

Sayaka Murata's award-winning debut, Convenience Store Woman, finds that when social life becomes too much, even a convenience store can be a welcome refuge.

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In 'House of the Sleeping Beauties and Other Stories', Dreams and Reality Seduce and Intertwine

These tales are a must read for anyone who enjoys the short fiction form, and if looking for an introduction to Japanese literature, The House of Sleeping Beauties is a good place to begin.

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Change Can't Come Fast Enough Within 'The Waiting Years'

It's difficult for any culture to accept change, and after reading The Waiting Years, readers will see just what this culture, and its women, especially, were waiting for.

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Junichiro Tanizaki's 'Naomi' Than Vladimir Nabokov's 'Lolita'

Naomi is often called Tanizaki’s “first important novel”, because not only is the psychology behind sexual obsession uncovered, but it also exposes the contradictions of the culture during that time.

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Beauty and Sadness Proves That With Beauty Comes Power

At a lean 206 pages, much psychological intensity and artistic craft are set within, and universal themes like love, jealousy, revenge and manipulation are all handled with subtlety and beauty.

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Discovered 'Genji' sets offer avenues for interpretation

Tomoko Nishida and Shinya Machida
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Salmonella Men on Planet Porno by Yasutaka Tsutsui

There's a mean streak of misogyny that runs almost throughout the collection and tends to distract from everything else going on around it.

Megan Milks
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After Dark by Haruki Murakami

After Dark is a slice-of-life snapshot that leaves most of its philosophical inquiries and plotlines unresolved.

Dan DeLuca
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