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Japanese Literature Publishing Project

Works: 42 works in 66 publications in 3 languages and 3,411 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Suspense fiction  Psychological fiction  Dystopian fiction  Action and adventure fiction  Adventure stories  Detective and mystery fiction  Personal narratives‡vJapanese  History  Dystopias 
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Most widely held works by Japanese Literature Publishing Project
Shot by both sides : a novel by Gotō Meisei( Book )

4 editions published between 1973 and 2008 in English and held by 420 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Standing on a Tokyo bridge waiting for a friend, Akaki, a middle-aged Japanese man, indulges in reminiscences that recall his arrival in Tokyo twenty years earlier, his childhood in northern Korea under Japanese rule, and the impact of the trauma of war
No reason for murder by Sono Ayako( Book )

3 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 380 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Set on the rural Miura peninsula, southwest of Tokyo, the story focuses on the relationship between two very different people: Yukiko, a humble, single Christian woman with strong principles; and Fujio, an undisciplined social misfit and womanizer who loathes the social mores of his fellow human beings. Yukiko turns out to be the one woman Fujio cannot seduce, and she provides a moral lifeline for his confused psychological state as he sinks ever further into a mire of rape, murder and incarceration." "Ayako Sono, known for her concern with Japan's social problems and deteriorating moral principles, presents a rich tapestry of characters, including a smothering and indulgent mother, a high school dropout, a department store clerk, a precocious young boy; a Japanese Catholic priest, a female lawyer, lonely housewives, pestering reporters and persistent policemen." "The psychology of a serial murderer and a depiction of the workings of the Japanese police and media are topics rarely found in literature from Japan. Against that background, Ayako Sono delicately probes into the reasons behind love, hate, and even murder."--Jacket
White-haired melody by Yoshikichi Furui( Book )

6 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 378 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Furui Yoshikichi's work has long dealt with the human dramas of growing up and growing old, but by probing further into the recesses of the mind and memory, he also touches upon the deepest mysteries of human existence. As if to balance the somber themes of madness and death, Furui shows a great sensitivity to the dark humor inherent in everyday life. White-haired melody is no exception; it is the record of the daily experiences of a man approaching old age. It delves into the essential but hidden nature of his daily life, employing prose that is relentless in its re-creation of detail. This novel is a meditative exploration of the strange borderland around the inner experience of aging and approaching death. Yet, rather than follow a conventional plot, the novel develops by means of an intricate weaving together through time of key experiences of the narrator and his friends to build a compelling portrait of human experience. Those familiar with Furui's writings will find here a fascinating new development of earlier themes. White-haired melody, a work by one of Japan's finest contemporary novelists writing at the height of his power, is not to be missed."--Jacket
From the fatherland, with love by Ryū Murakami( Book )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 275 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the Fatherland, with Love is set in an alternative, dystopian present in which the dollar has collapsed and Japan's economy has fallen along with it. The North Korean government, sensing an opportunity, sends a fleet of rebels in the first land invasion that Japan has ever faced. Japan can't cope with the surprise onslaught of Operation From the Fatherland, with Love. But the terrorist Ishihara and his band of renegade youths--once dedicated to upsetting the Japanese government--turn their deadly attention to the North Korean threat. They will not allow Fukuoka to fall without a fight. Epic in scale, From the Fatherland, with Love is laced throughout with Murakami's characteristically savage violence. It's both a satisfying thriller and a completely mad, over-the-top novel like few others
Death by Choice by Masahiko Shimada( Book )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 251 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Death by Choice," or perhaps more literally "Self-Death Penalty" concerns seven days of a thirty-five-year-old young man who has committed to killing himself, and all the intensification of sensory detail, choice-making, and wrapping up of personal history that ensues. beginning with an porn-star and her pale-faced junior friend and eventually involving Yoshio Kita's past love, an idol past her peak, a hitman, and various other death-profiteers, DBC presents a tautly written, madcap, Japan-centric story that reflects on the nature of contemporary Japanese society and reveals a cynical, knowing stance on life. written by a member of the same artistic circle as Ryu Murakami, author of Audition, DBC is perhaps most closest to that book in feel, if different in topic matter. if you are a huge Ryu Murakami fan, you might very well consider this book as equal to the third or fourth best book in the RM ouevre, and its sort of decadent, media-knowing perspective will be familiar to that end of Japan fanatics. if Shimada had the opportunity to go pure-play surreal and/or 'post-modern,' he provides instead a knowing overview of the entertainment industry and the causes and motivations of many anomie-filled, worldweary Tokyo-ites. fantastically tight prose, striking incident, and a rogue's gallery of human failings. Source:
Dogra magra : roman by Kyûsaku Yumeno( Book )

2 editions published in 2003 in French and held by 241 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Quelle est l'identité du héros, un fou qui se réveille dans une chambre d'hôpital psychiatrique? Pendant les vingt-quatre heures qui suivent, il cherche désespérément à retrouver sa mémoire pour savoir s'il a réellement tué sa fiancée et sa mère comme le disent les médecins
A Cappella by Mariko Koike( Book )

2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 239 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kyoko Noma visits the city of Sendai, where she used to live, and reflects on the events that took place there 20 years earlier, in the second half of the sixties, when the winds of the counterculture student movement were sweeping Japan. This is a tale of intense, heartbreaking love in adolescence, and the tragedy it gives rise to
Fantômes et samouraïs : Hanshichi mène l'enquête à Edo by Kidô Okamoto( Book )

2 editions published in 2004 in French and held by 238 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

L'esprit d'Ofumi - La lanterne en Pierre - La mort de Kanpei - A l¿étage de la maison de bains - Le professeur-monstre - Le mystère de la cloche d'incendie - La dame de compagnie - L'ètang de la ceinture-voleuse - La fonte des neiges au printemps - Hiroshige et la loutre - La demeure belles-de-jour - Chats en rébellion - La fille de la déesse Benten - La nuit de la fête de la montagne
God's Boat by Kaori Ekuni( Book )

2 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in German and English and held by 231 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Toko teaches piano during the day, works at a bar at night and dreams of her disppeared lover every minute. Her ten-year-old daughter Soko, born out of this brief passionate affair that has marked Yoko for ever, lives around her mother's constant yearning, as Yoko's desperate search for the elusive man of her dreams means moving house more times than either of them can remember. The two travel through life on what Yoko calls "God's boat," in a journey through the rituals of everyday live, while beyond them lie the madness of love and the raw grief of loss --p. 4 of cover
Jasmine by Noboru Tsujihara( Book )

2 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 219 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Intrigue, betrayal, family secrets, forbidden passions - this tale of adventure and suspense links the Tiananmen Massacre of 1989 and the Kobe earthquake of 1995 through the story of Akihiko Waki. The story begins in 1990, as Akihiko learns that his father, presumed dead in China, has been leading a double life and is in fact alive and in danger. Akihiko's journey leads him to Shanghai, where he finds himself mysteriously drawn to the actress Li Xing, as his search for his father becomes also a desperate battle to save her from the brutal authorities"--Provided by publisher
Une vague inquiétude by Ryūnosuke Akutagawa( Book )

2 editions published in 2005 in French and held by 150 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recueil de nouvelles : un homme se livre à une danse grotesque sous un drôle de masque alors que la fête bat son plein ; un inconnu raconte à un professeur qu'il a tué sa femme lors d'un séisme pour lui éviter de brûler vive alors qu'elle agonisait sous les décombres ; un garçon fasciné par les travaux de la voie ferrée est invité à monter dans un wagon mais se retrouve seul très loin de chez lui
Au-delà des terres infinies by Sōkyū Gen'yū( Book )

4 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in French and held by 80 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jeune moine zen, Sokudô succède à son père dans un petit temple de province et en assume la charge avec sa femme Keiko. La mort de Madame Ume, une vieille médium qu'il connaît depuis son enfance, l'incite à se pencher sur le sens de la vie, de la mort et de son engagement de moine zen
Taken captive : a Japanese POW's story by Shōhei Ōoka( Book )

2 editions published in 2007 in French and held by 80 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"On January 25, 1945, Private Ooka Shohei of the Japanese Imperial Army was captured by American forces in the Philippines. Near death from starvation and acute malaria, he was nursed back to health by his captors and shipped off to a POW camp. Taken Captive is his powerful and poignant account of life as a prisoner of war. Long regarded as a literary classic in Japan, this extraordinary memoir is appearing in English for the first time." "There are no epic battles or grand scale heroics. This is an intimate, gripping, and ultimately enlightening true story of a sophisticated, middle-aged scholar thrown into a primitive struggle for survival. It is filled with moments of sublime ordinariness - prisoners passing time by playing "20 Questions"--And heartstopping encounters - a lone soldier decides whether or not to shoot an unsuspecting enemy soldier." "The harsh conditions, the daily routines that occupy a prisoner's time, and above all, the psychological struggles and behavioral quirks of captives forced to live in close confinement are conveyed with devastating simplicity and candor. Throughout, the author constantly probes his own conscience, questioning motivations and decisions. What emerges is a multileveled portrait of an individual determined to retain his humanity in an uncivilized environment."--Jacket
Das klatschende Äffchen by Kyōtarō Nishimura( Book )

1 edition published in 2012 in German and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mistress Oriku : stories from a Tokyo teahouse by Matsutarō Kawaguchi( )

2 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 28 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presenting a translation of a contemporary Japanese novel set in Meiji-era Japan, this work instructs young people in the arts of love, and helps solve the romantic dilemmas of some of Tokyo's most famous citizens
Flowers of grass by Takehiko Fukunaga( Book )

2 editions published in 2012 in German and held by 25 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Outside Tokyo, a tuberculosis sanatorium in the village of K has a six-bed ward that the narrator, an aspiring poet, shares with a student of linguistics and budding writer named Shiomi. After the stubborn Shiomi insists on undergoing a dangerous surgical procedure and dies in the process, two notebooks turn up in his bedsheets. Flowers of grass unfolds as the narrator reads these two notebooks, asking himself if Shiomi's death was a sort of suicide, and learning the details of his late friend's two great loves: for a brother and sister, both of whom reject him."--Book cover
Frozen dreams : based on a true story by Wahei Tatematsu( Book )

2 editions published in 2012 in German and held by 25 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Based on a real-life tragedy in 1965, this novel tells the story of a party of climbers on the Hidaka mountain range on Japan's northern island. In spite of weather warnings, six men attempt an ascent on the highest peak, Mount Poroshiri - a fateful decision that costs all their lives as they are caught up in an avalanche. Miraculously, one climber, Odagiri, is known to have survived for four days after his companions had frozen to death. The reader enters the mind of Odagiri trapped in snow, half-frozen, half-asleep, and revisiting his past as death slowly creeps upon him, telling his own story and that of an adventure gone wrong"--
Building waves by Taeko Tomioka( Book )

1 edition published in 2012 in German and held by 24 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"It is the early eighties, and the housing industry is booming. Previously unpopulated mountainous areas of the Japanese countryside are being leveled to accommodate new waves of people. Similarly, a new wave of feminism, particularly a change in attitudes toward marriage and childrearing, is growing among the women of Japan. Both the physical and social landscapes are in flux. In her early forties, married, and childless by choice, Kyoko has no compunction about getting what she wants. But when she begins a relationship with a man who is as traditional and conformist as they come, the result is at times uncomfortable, at others comical, but ultimately fatal."--Book cover
Histoire du poète qui fut changé en tigre et autres contes by Atsushi Nakajima( Book )

1 edition published in 2010 in French and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Minimal : Gedichte by Shuntarō Tanikawa( Book )

1 edition published in 2015 in German and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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JLPP (Japanese Literature Publishing Project)

Kokusai Bunka Kōryū Suishin Kyōkai. Japanese Literature Publishing Project

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