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The Penguin Book of Japanese Short Stories (Penguin Classics Hardcover) by [Jay Rubin, Haruki Murakami]

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“An exhilarating glimpse into Japanese literature.” —Patti Smith, via Instagram

“One of my most treasured volumes.” —
Jeva Lange, The Week

“Assembled by longtime Haruki Murakami translator Jay Rubin (and blessed with an introduction by Murakami himself), this handsome 576-page tome is cleverly organized by theme rather than chronology, giving the book a stronger sense of cohesion than if it had started in the nineteenth century and ended with stories from today. . . . You might encounter a witch, or a devastating earthquake, or ‘The Girl from Ipanema.’ ” —
GQ, “The 17 Best Books of 2018”

“With everything from ritual suicides to cows with human faces, 
The Penguin Book of Japanese Short Stories is bizarre, exotic and memorably gory.” —Daily Mail (London)

“Highly recommended.” —
The Spectator (London)

“A feast of literature . . . [It’s] a literature lover’s dream, page after page of memorable writing, stories that leave a lasting impression yet can be fully absorbed in one sitting. It’s one anthology that will surely find a life outside the classroom, offering up the living, vital world of Japanese literature in all its diversity and with a true taste for excellence.” —
The Japan Times

“Superb . . . Impressive . . . A fascinating collection of short stories from all periods and from several authors who all too rarely make it into English translation . . . Offers a perfect balance of the classic, along with the unsettling and innovatively modern. All the traditional literary superstars are here, but there are also stories which resonate with contemporary experience. The result is a superb collection of diverse voices whose stories are both intellectually and emotionally rewarding.” —
PopMatters

“[An] excellent new collection . . . that pushes boundaries and makes some noise.” —
International Examiner

“Reading through this collection has been so fresh and interesting. . . . Now and then I’d be quite astounded at the different and strangely compelling ways the fiction of my own country could be grasped. . . . Unpredictably rewarding.” —Haruki Murakami, from the Introduction --This text refers to the paperback edition.

About the Author

Jay Rubin (editor) is a translator and scholar who has translated several of Haruki Murakami’s major works, including Norwegian Wood and The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, as well as Natsume Sōseki’s The Miner and Sanshirō and Ryūnosuke Akutagawa’s Rashōmon and Seventeen Other Stories. He is the author of Making Sense of Japanese, Haruki Murakami and the Music of Words, and a novel, The Sun Gods. He has taught at Harvard and lives in Seattle.

Haruki Murakami (introducer) is one of Japan’s most admired and widely read novelists, whose work has been translated into more than fifty languages. His more than twenty books include The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Kafka on the Shore, Norwegian Wood,and Killing Commendatore. Among his many international honors is the Jerusalem Prize, whose previous recipients include the Nobel Prize winners J. M. Coetzee and V. S. Naipaul. Born in Kyoto in 1949, Murakami now lives near Tokyo. --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B079B7BL11
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Penguin; 1st edition (June 28, 2018)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ June 28, 2018
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 2512 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 547 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
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Jay Rubin (b. 1941) is an American academic, translator, and (as of 2015) novelist. He is best known for his translations of the works of the Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami. He has written about Murakami, the novelist Natsume Soseki (1867-1916), the short story writers Kunikida Doppo (1871-1908) and Akutagawa Ryunosuke (1892-1927), prewar Japanese literary censorship, Noh drama, and Japanese grammar. In May 2015 Chin Music Press published his novel THE SUN GODS, set in Seattle against the background of the incarceration of 120,000 U.S. citizens and non-citizens of Japanese ancestry during World War II.

Rubin has a Ph.D. in Japanese literature from the University of Chicago. He taught at the University of Washington for eighteen years, and then moved to Harvard University, from which he retired in 2006. He lives near Seattle, where he continues to write and translate.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Are these the best short stories they could come up with?
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Bernie Gourley
5.0 out of 5 stars 35 great stories from some of Japan's best writers
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection.
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