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22 Jan 20
The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka

The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka

Review by Azmina Sohail

Julie Otsuka’s novel of the immigrant experience is beautifully written. Its powerful narrative encapsulates the lives of a forgotten people still alive in the memories of Japan. It confronts the issue of immigrant integration head-on, holding up a mirror to contemporary society and its treatment of displaced populations.

17 Dec 19
Yasuke. The True Story of the Legendary African Samurai

Yasuke. The True Story of the Legendary African Samurai

Review by Laurence Green

A tale of the life of Yasuke, the African mercenary-turned-samurai who found himself, against all odds, immersed in the very heart of political and military power in 16th century Japan, thousands of miles from his birthplace.

02 Dec 19
Japanese Tales of Lafcadio Hearn

Japanese Tales of Lafcadio Hearn

Review by Azmina Sohail

This collection of fantasy tales is a great example of how literature has evolved and should continue to evolve in every sense of the word; in representation, theme and language.

06 Nov 19
The Memory Police by Ogawa Yoko

The Memory Police by Ogawa Yoko

Review by Jill Dobson

The novel takes place on an unnamed island where, for the past 15 years, things have regularly disappeared, not just physically but from memory. This disappearance is enforced by the Memory Police, the only manifestation of authority.

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