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Arguably the world’s first novel, The Tale of Genji was written by a Japanese noblewoman known as Murasaki Shikibu around the year 1,000 CE.
"quite a nicely baked short yarn, rather than a novel, but written a bit like a soufflé, rising in the oven but when eaten there isn’t that much substance."
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Tomoyuki Hoshino, born 1965, is one of Japan’s more compelling younger writers, but he remains virtually unknown abroad.
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Originally published in 1966, with the first translation into English published in 1969, this latest edition of Silence has a foreword by Martin Scorsese who is soon to make “a major motio
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“a telling—and pleasant—gateway into the talent of an artist well-worth knowing.”
“Manu Joseph perfectly captures his characters in his precise, sharp prose.”
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“A story is like a dance. It takes at least two people to make it come to life, the one who does the telling and the one who does the listening.”