My Reading List of Japanese Literature

There are many reading lists on the Internet. I like to read blogs, who deal with reading books. Some blogs I follow take their reading list from the Time Magazine as 101 books or from the BBC like Emily January, one blogger created his little blog of books and then there is goodreads. Good hell! A lot to read!

I love how people write about their reading and I read a lot too. Especially I am fond of Japanese literature and always interested in how Japanese books are understood by others.

When I took a look at 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die I discovered, that it includes the following Japanese titles:

Kafka on the Shore – Murakami Haruki
After the Quake – Murakami Haruki
Sputnik Sweetheart – Murakami Haruki
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle – Murakami Haruki
The Sea of Fertility – Mishima Yukio
Rashomon – Akutagawa Ryûnosuke
Kokoro – Natsume Sôseki

A good selection, without question, but unfortunately it refers only to seven books of four Japanese authors and includes four of seven titles of Murakami Haruki and only three other important works. I thought one has to add the two Nobel prize winners Ôe Kenzaburô (1994) and Kawabata Yasunari (1968) at least. But then we are only at six Japanese authors.

2c2e00e617430307eaa4c249713b4a70So, I thought to myself, how about making my own personal Japanese literature reading list? And here it is: now on a new page on this blog. It includes books I want to read or re-read and write a review here.

I would be happy, if you visit it once in a while, or make suggestions, what you like to read.

Have you already read one of the above mentioned Japanese titles? What is your favourite Japanese book?

15 thoughts on “My Reading List of Japanese Literature

  1. Two Japanese books that I really enjoyed were “The Master of Go” by Yasunari Kawabata and “I am a Cat” by Natsume Soseki. I notice they’re not on your list. Is that because you’re not a fan of either?

    • You are right. I am a Cat is absolutely a favourite of mine. It is a book I read long ago, when I started studying Japanese and I really enjoyed that. It will go onto my list! Kawabata for sure is a great author, but I had to make my choice …

  2. I have read a couple Murakami Haruki books and I loved them. I have several more of his on my reading list.

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  4. Summarized the exact sensibility of Japanese, and very interesting.
    Please to introduce the people of Japan by all means.

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