Category Archives: J-Lit Giants

J-Lit Giants: 17 – Keigo Higashino

With January in Japan fast coming to an end, we just have time for one more writer to be inducted into the J-Lit Giants pantheon, and today’s author is a more contemporary choice.  I’m not a huge fan of crime … Continue reading

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J-Lit Giants: 16 – Mori Ogai

While Natsume Soseki is often regarded as the first great modern Japanese writer, there was one author who preceded him, both in his writing and in his travels abroad.  Louis Bravos, a Melburnian Japanese-to-English translator, uses today’s post to introduce … Continue reading

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J-Lit Giants: 15 – Fumiko Enchi

We’re back with another J-Lit Giant, and today’s post looks at a writer who, while not exactly unknown in the West, still hasn’t got the readership she deserves.  The person attempting to change that is Carola, a Dutch blogger with … Continue reading

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J-Lit Giants: 14 – Yoriko Shōno

Today sees the first of our guest posts for the 2015 J-Lit Giants series, introducing a writer whose work (unfortunately) hasn’t made it into English yet.  Morgan Giles, translator and occasional blogger, makes the case for publishing a writer with … Continue reading

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J-Lit Giants: 13 – Ryū Murakami

Welcome to another year of J-Lit Giants, where we sing the praises of great Japanese writers.  We’re starting off the third set of inductees with a man who, despite his success, can sometimes be a little unfairly overlooked overseas.  However, … Continue reading

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J-Lit Giants: 12 – Banana Yoshimoto

We’re back on Wednesday with the final J-Lit Giants induction for this January, and it may well be the most controversial so far.  While one definition of ‘giant’ might be a writer whose work shines out from among that of … Continue reading

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J-Lit Giants: 11 – Kenzaburo Oe

It’s Wednesday again, which means that it’s time for another J-Lit Giant to be introduced, and it’s a big one today.  He’s one of just two Japanese writers to have been awarded the world’s highest literary honour, the Nobel Prize … Continue reading

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