Synopses & Reviews
A New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice
Born after Hiroshima, the writers in this dazzling collection of short stories represent the American debut of the best contemporary Japanese fiction. Inhabiting the exotic interstice between cultural traditionalism and high-tech futurism, the stories in this volume offer a rich portrait of the Japanese sensibility the zeitgeist that is transforming the way the rest of the world views itself. Sections include Kitchen” by Banana Yoshimoto, A Callow Fellow of Jewish Descent” by Masahiko Shimada, On Meeting My 100 Percent Woman One Fine April Morning” by Haruki Murakami, Swallowtails” by Shiina Mkoto, God Is Nowhere; God Is Now Here” by Itoh Seikoh, X-Rated Blanket” by Eimi Yamada, Yu-Hee” by Yang Ji Lee, On a Moonless Night by Sei Takekawa, Living in a Maze” by Kyoji Kobayashi, The Imitation of Leibniz” by Genichiro Takahashi, The Unsinkable Molly Brown” by Tamio Kageyama, and Wine” by Mariko Hayashi.
Mitsios assembles an impressive range of literary ambassadors. This anthology should firmly resolve debates about the vitality of Japanese fiction.” Publishers Weekly
A happy marriage of contemporary Western culture with the traditional Japanese sensibility makes this story collection by young Japanese writers a worthwhile successor to a distinguished literary past.” Kirkus Reviews
"Ms. Mitsios has assembled an intelligent collection." Herbert Mitgang, New York Times Book Review
Published to wide acclaim last year, this dazzling collection of short stories represents the American debut of the best of contemporary Japanese fiction. These stories offer a rich portrait of the Japanese sensibility which is transforming the way the rest of the world views itself.