Golden Kin-Yōbi: 4 – Pushkin Press

Welcome to Golden Kin-Yōbi, our regular Friday giveaway where you can win some great J-Lit.  Why the name?  Well, as some of you may know, the first character used in Japanese when writing Friday means ‘gold’, and hopefully many of you will strike gold over the next few weeks 🙂

It’s Week Four of our giveaways, and today’s is a bumper one.  The wonderful people over at Pushkin Press are providing five books as prizes, including worldwide postage, so you’ve got a great chance of being amongst the winners this time 😉

The first three prizes are from the series of books by Yasushi Inoue which Pushkin have recently brought out.  Beautifully colour-coded, we have Bullfight (red), a novella about an attempt to liven up post-war Osaka; Life of a Counterfeiter (yellow), three of Inoue’s short stories; and The Hunting Gun (green), a story of lost love told in three letters, a classic of modern J-Lit.

In addition, to those three, we have two very different books on offer.  One is a children’s book from the Pushkin Children’s imprint, Pushkin’s latest J-Lit release.  Akiyuki Nosaka’s The Whale that Fell in Love with a Submarine is a collection of war-tinged stories suitable for older children (one I’ll be reviewing soon).  The other is definitely *not* suitable for kids – in Ryu Murakami’s From the Fatherland, with Love, a story of a North Korean invasion of Japan, there are a whole host of adult themes 😉  Please note that this prize will be the paperback edition, not the hardback one pictured.


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 29th (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 entirely randomly, one way or another).  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! 

One copy of Ground Zero, Nagasaki goes to Rathi Dwi
The second copy goes to Carola

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


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26 Responses to Golden Kin-Yōbi: 4 – Pushkin Press

  1. Ally says:

    Fantastic giveaway, Tony! I would love to read Ryu Murakami's book, and this is on my wishlist 🙂 Thank you for the chance!


  2. MG says:

    What a selection! Hard to choose, but please put my name in for Life of a Counterfeiter
    mgifford01 @


  3. Wendy says:

    Great blog! My choice would definitely be The Whale that Fell in Love with a Submarine.


  4. cheryl okubo says:

    I would like to read about a whale who falls in love with a submarine!
    Thank you.


  5. Anonymous says:

    What fun, and anything that encourages reading these days is on my “Golden” list! I'd be happy to get ANY book, but one translated by Ginny Tapley Takemori would be especially wonderful!


  6. The Pushkin Press books are beautifully made. I would love a copy of Akiyuki Nosaka's book.


  7. magistrabeck says:

    These all sound like great books! I would love to read either The Hunting Gun or From the Fatherland, With Love. Thanks so much!
    magistrabeck (at) outlook (dot) com


  8. Thank you for this giveaway, Tony. I would love to read “Life of a Counterfeiter”. Apart from Murakami I haven't read much Japanese literature but would definitely welcome the chance to change that.
    n e d e l i a 11 (at) g m a i l (dot) c o m


  9. Sora says:

    I'm also interested in either The Hunting Gun or From the Fatherland. 🙂 – Sora
    sorakr at gmail


  10. Chris in Osaka says:

    Thanks for the contest, I'd love to read another Ryu Murakami novel.


  11. JacquiWine says:

    Another fantastic giveaway, Tony. I would love the opportunity to win The Hunting Gun or Life of a Counterfeiter. My email is jacqui100 (at) live (dot) co (dot) uk


  12. al_sd88 says:

    Great contest! I would like From the Fatherland, With Love if I win!


    Sherif Dhaimish


  13. Ash says:

    Thanks as always for the giveaway. I've been meaning to read something by Yasushi Inoue for a while now; I'm particularly interested in The Hunting Gun.

    Ash Brown


  14. Bellezza says:

    Tony, after all the years of reading Japanese literature which I have done,move never read a novel by Inoue. Several reviews of The Bullfight have me quite intrigued, so I would be most interested in that, but I would relish any of the three you have on offer.

    Looking forward to The Sound of The Mountain discussion coming up!



  15. All are tempting but I'm most swayed by The Hunting Gun or Bullfight…


  16. Rise says:

    Pushkin Press rocks! Pls enter me for the Ryu Murakami book. Thanks.


  17. Rise says:

    ooops. My email is
    Ryu Murakami, From the Fatherland With Love


  18. Mihai says:

    Hi, I would love to read The Hunting Gun 🙂

    avenger13 at gmail dot com


  19. Cayce says:

    I enjoyed Audition and Coin Locker Babies, and would love to read From the Fatherland, with Love. Thank you for the chance.

    cayce006 at yahoo dot com


  20. Carola says:

    I'd love to give Murakami another try so sign me up for From the Fatherland, with Love! 🙂


  21. Arirang says:

    Not sure if my first try worked. If not Bullfight for me. Paul.fulcher AT Thanks. Paul


  22. Caroline says:

    This is a great giveaway.
    I'd love either The Hunting Gun or the Children's Book.
    beautyisasleepingcat at gmail dot com


  23. iainmaloney says:

    I'd love to get the copy of Ryu Murakami's 'From The Fatherland, With Love.' I'm a big fan of his other translated books and this has been on my wishlist for a while. You can get me at iainmaloney[at]


  24. Tony Malone says:

    And that's a wrap – results soon 🙂


  25. I'd love to get my hands on Life of a Counterfeiter. My friend is a Japanese language trainer and keeps telling me about the story of Hōsen the fireworks maker – about how we can often be so absorbed in creating something that we forget to enjoy it – but being monolingual I haven't been able to read it. But with this new translation I can 😀

    I'm iamedwardtaylor[at] I hope it's not a wrap yet – I'm in London and it's not yet 9am on Sunday!


  26. Tony Malone says:

    Edward – Apologies – it has already finished 😦 The UK time should have said 9 a.m. SATURDAY (you can see that the AUS time was 8 p.m. Saturday). I made an error when I extended the original deadline by two days…


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