Friday, April 9, 2010

Top 10 Japanese novels

Julith Jedamus is the author of The Book of Loss. In 2005 she named a top ten list of Japanese novels for the Guardian.

One book on her list:
Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami (1987)

The novel, Murakami's fifth, whose phenomenal success led to his exile to Europe and the United States. It's all here: the callow narrator, the deja vus and symbols, the peripheral danger - plus slug-eating, damp bras, The Great Gatsby, fires, Miles Davis, and a dead man's pyjamas.
Read about the other novels on the list.

Also see: Fiona Campbell's top ten books set in Japan.

--Marshal Zeringue