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28 Oct 19
Sweet Bean Paste by Durian Sukegawa

Sweet Bean Paste by Durian Sukegawa

Review by Chris Arning

Durian Sukegawa’s Sweet Bean Paste is a tender story chronicling the unlikely bond between an ex con and an elderly lady with a shadowy past. The novel starts in a comical vein like a classic ‘odd couple’ narrative but turns into something else.

09 Oct 19
Kinshu: Autumn Brocade by Miyamoto Teru

Kinshu: Autumn Brocade by Miyamoto Teru

Review by Robert Paul Weston

Kinshu is an epistolary novel, told in a series of letters between a divorced and thoroughly estranged couple. Aki and her former husband, Yasuaki, have neither spoken nor seen each other in over a decade.

08 Oct 19
Life for Sale by Mishima Yukio

Life for Sale by Mishima Yukio

Review by Susan Meehan

A welcome addition to the English language translations of Yukio Mishima’s work in the lead-up to the fiftieth anniversary of his death, it is an exuberant if patchily saucy read and reveals a different angle to Mishima.

07 Oct 19
My Year of Meats by Ruth Ozeki

My Year of Meats by Ruth Ozeki

Review by Azmina Sohail

My Year of Meats is essentially a story of the human life and the human body. It asks us to question what it means to be a woman, what we put in our bodies and how our offspring will value themselves in a world we create.

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