Golden Kin-Yōbi: 4 – Kurodahan Press

It’s Friday again, and that means it’s time for another giveaway!  This week, it’s courtesy of Kurodahan Press, a great small publisher which has a mix of new translations and reissues of out-of-print books, both from Japan and elsewhere in East Asia.  The selection comprises an eclectic mix of literary fiction, speculative fiction and non-fiction, and this giveaway will feature three of their books – with free worldwide delivery 🙂

First up is Osamu Dazai’s Blue Bamboo, a reissued collection of several of the writer’s short stories.  The collection shows the same great style as his more famous work, but it has a much lighter tone and is a joy to read.  It’s a mixture of oriental fairy tales, autobiographical pieces and contemporary stories, all wonderfully translated by Ralph McCarthy.  I loved it – find my review here.

Next up, it’s some non-fiction.  Ivan Morris was a well-known Japanophile (see my review of his Modern Japanese Stories anthology), and his work The Nobility of Failure is a study of several Japanese historical figures.  In his book, Morris attempts to answer a simple question: why does Japan celebrate its heroic failures?  It’s an old book, but a good one, a fascinating insight into the Japanese psyche – and one I’d love to try 🙂

As is the third book today – although this one is a very different creature.  The latest Kurodahan release is a slice of more contemporary J-Lit, Mieko Kanai’s Oh, Tama!  It’s a warm, humorous tale set in Tokyo, where a man with many problems to address receives an additional headache in the form of a cat.  Oh, Tama! is a lighter work which sounds like something most readers would enjoy!

So, if you’d like to win one of these books, simply comment below, leaving your name, an e-mail address and the name of the book you’d like to win.  There’s no need to follow me, either here, on Facebook or on Twitter (unless you want to, of course!) – anyone can enter, and everyone has an equal chance of winning 🙂

Entries will close at 8 p.m. (AEST) on Thursday, January the 30th (that’s 9 a.m. on Thursday, London time), and the winners will be announced in the next Golden Kin-Yōbi post (the winners, naturally, will be chosen using some kind of random on-line draw thingy).  So, what are you waiting for?  Get commenting, and good luck!

And, of course, we need to announce the winners of last week’s prizes!

The three copies of Natsume Soseki’s Light and Dark go to:
Marina Sofia
Judith (Leeswammes)
and Emma (Words and Peace)

I will be in contact with the winners shortly – thanks again to Columbia University Press for the great prizes 🙂


About Tony

Championing the wonders of fiction in translation... ...but quietly (the kids are asleep...).
This entry was posted in Golden Kin-Yōbi. Bookmark the permalink.

14 Responses to Golden Kin-Yōbi: 4 – Kurodahan Press

  1. Blue Bamboo is
    A Dazai book I've meant to
    Read but haven't yet.,uk


  2. M says:

    Blue Bamboo, please. It's been on my wish list for a while.

    mgifford01 @


  3. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for another great giveaway.

    I'd go for the Nobility of Failure if I win.




  4. Ash says:

    I was just thinking about how I wanted to read Blue Bamboo the other day! Thanks again for the opportunity to win.

    phoenixterran (at) gmail (dot) com


  5. Carola says:

    The more J-Lit I read, the more I realise my preference is with contemporary works 🙂 Therefore… Oh Tama!

    eve304[at]gmail[dot]com 🙂


  6. Chris says:

    I'd love to read more Daizai, thanks


  7. Ally says:

    Thanks for all these giveaways, Tony! I would love to win “Oh, Tama!”, after I finish “69”, of course 🙂


  8. kamo says:

    No that Dazai looks very interesting. thisishowshe at gmail dot com.


  9. Mihai says:

    Hi, and thanx for the giveaway. Mieko Kanai's Oh, Tama! really caught my attention, I would love to have a chance to read it. 🙂

    avenger13 at gmail dot com


  10. Blue Bamboo mate, done quite a few Japanese short stories in the last 12 months, let's keep it going – tonymess at tpg dot com dot au


  11. Doran Gaston says:

    Doran Gaston

    Doran [dot] Gaston [at] Gmail [dot] com

    I want to win Blue Bamboo


  12. Tony Malone says:

    And time's up – we'll see who's won soon 😉


  13. Paul Fulcher says:

    Just wanted to acknowledge the receipt of the Ivan Morris book. A very worthwhile read – my review on goodreads


  14. Tony Malone says:

    Paul – Glad you enjoyed it 🙂 I also have a copy which I hope to get to in the near future.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.