“Hidden and Visible Realms does make for pleasurable and fast reading.
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."
“Vaseline Buddha is a brilliant example of contemporary South Korean literature.”
Tomoyuki Hoshino, born 1965, is one of Japan’s more compelling younger writers, but he remains virtually unknown abroad.
“a psychological puzzle box that ultimately explores multiple levels of illicit passions.”
In today’s Internet connected global culture literature is written by authors who do not necessarily reside in the countries of their birth and read by readers worldwide.
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
With Japanese ghosts and demons, author Sean Michael Wilson and illustrator Michiru Morikawa have created cultural Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark in comic form.
Potential is unrealized in Mingmei Yip’s newest novel. The dialogue is awkwardly delivered and falls flat.
For the average Western reader, diving into Hend Al Qassemi’s debut novel Black Book of Arabia is an eye-opener.
Nobel Laureate Kenzaburo Oe brings the novelist career of his literary alter-ego, Kogito Choko, to a close with the publication of his new novel, the most recent in the series, Death by Water
“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.”
“Besides the deftly rendered plot to uncover a conspiracy—which may remind a few readers of another sexually adventurous girl who kicks over a hornet’s nest even if she lacks a dragon tatto
“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.”