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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
Yone Noguchi: the stream of fate by Edward Marx

Yone Noguchi: the stream of fate by Edward Marx

Review by Peter Kornicki

Edward Marx has clearly done extensive research and has presented the most well-documented account of Yone Noguchi’s life so far.

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.

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