Literature and philosophy were and are the things I considered and consider most important in one‘s life (besides eating, sleeping and - of course - doing your everyday bills at the end of the month). As far as I can remember I have devoured books in search of the meaning of life, knowledge and happiness. [...]
Another great novel has come to our hands: Namely, Gillian Rubinstein’s (pseudonym: Lian Hearn) first part Across the Nightgale Floor of the Otori Series (Tales of the Otori).
Rubinstein (* 28.8.1942, UK) has come up with the idea for Across the Nightgale Floor during her first trip to Japan in 1993 and did a lot of research for her book series Tales of the Otori. For her research she was granted a fellowship of the Asialink Foundation in 1999. During her visits in Japan, Rubinstein explored especially the landscapes and the history of Western Honshuu.
Gillian Rubinstein studied modern languages at the University of Oxford. She worked as an arts editor and film critic in London before she moved to Australia. Her lifelong passion for the Japanese culture and language was the reason for her many trips to Japan and her studies of the…
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Does anybody know the Canadian-Japanese author Aki Shimasaki? Aki Shimasaki was born 1954 in Gifu, Japan and emigrated in 1981 to Canada. Besides working as a teacher, she writes her novels in Japanese and French.
For her novels she has received the Canada-Japan Literary Award of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Prix du Gouverneur général and the Prix Ringuet of the Académie des lettres du Québec.
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Due to Aerus’ recommendation, we have discovered Daniel Woodrell’s novel Winter’s Bones. Within this novel of a tremendous and also ferocious narrative power Woodrell mixes various aspects of a southern, country noir and gothic style.
The story is not one for the faint hearted as it evolves around the rough but brave character of sixteen year old Ree Dolly who has experienced far more things in her life then her tender age should let her know.
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Dear readers, We now have officially fallen ill with the, how we call it, Kawakami-reading-fever. It has already struck us down unnoticeably when we were devouring Strange Weather in Tokyo and since The Nakano Thrift Shop it has gotten quite the hang of us.
The new novel of Kawakami which will be introduced in today‘s article is named The Ten Loves of Nishino (2019). This is Kawakamis newest masterpiece regarding the English edition (Europa editions). In Japan, the novel already came out in November 2003.
So, whether we like it or not, we are back again with a new novel from Hiromi Kawakami, one of Japan’s most successful and acclaimed authors and winner of numerous prizes for her work, including the Ito Sei, Akutagawa, Izumi Kyoka and the Women Writers (Joryu Bungako Sho) prizes.
Hiromi Kawakami is the author of Strange Weather in Tokyo
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And were’re back with another novel from bestselling author Hiromi Kawakami called ‘The Nakano Thrift Shop’.
Bestselling Japanese author Hiromi Kawakami has won acclaim for her essays, stories, and novels. Her short fiction has appeared in English in The Paris Review and Granta. Her novel Strange Weather in Tokyo was shortlisted for the 2013 Man Asian Literary Prize and the 2014 International Foreign Fiction Prize.
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Unexpectedy, this strange but utterly beautiful little novel was discovered by one of us who first thought that it was nothing special to read. But after a few pages the reader gets somehow stuck in the novel.
The story setup first seems a bit out of space but nevertheless the strongest point of the novel draws the reader in and keeps him from putting the book away: Namely the utterly beautiful descriptions of an everyday situation, nonchalant talks between the figures and the development of a rather unusual but karmic friendship.
In her novel, the Japanese author Hiromi Kawakami shows, that true love doesn’t go by age as she describes two figures bound together by destiny because they simply feel at peace while being with one another.
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‘City of Bones’ (2007) is the first volume in the fantasy series ‘Chronicles of the Underworld’ by Cassandra Claire. At the same time, the American writer made her breakthrough with ‘City of Bones’.
The name of the book already casts a spell over the reader. ‘City of Bones’ doesn’t sound like an easy stroll to the park on the other side of the house and back again.
On the contrary, the name ‘City of Bones’ gives the book something eerie, and that’s exactly what Claire makes it all about.
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Who remembers Bree Tanner – the only newborn vampire Bella had ever seen?
Bree Tanner is a minor character from Stephenie Meyer’s novel ‘Biss zum Abendrot’, which Meyer discovered during her revision of the third novel in the Bella and Edward series.
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Who still remembers the film “Howl’s Moving Castle” by Studio Ghibli? 🧙♂️✨
The anime film is based on a book by the English author Diana Wynne Jones, which was published for the first time in 1986 in English-speaking countries and in 2005 for the first time in German-speaking countries.
In the same year of its first publication (1986) the book won the Boston Globe-Horn Book Prize and twenty years later the Phoenix Award.
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Who knows the Final Fantasy gaming series? Exactly! THE Square Enix fantasy gaming series!
For all those who know the game series but would rather read the story than play it through, there is an opportunity:
Jun Eishima has written a series of books (based on an idea by Motomoru Toriyama and Daisuke Watanabe) that includes the novel ‘Final Fantasy XIII : Episode Zero – Promise’.
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Who has already come across “The Honey Bus” by Meredith May? 🐝 💛🧡✨
“A memory of loss, courage, and a girl saved by bees.” (M. May)
This is another great recommendation from my book treasure chest. I’ve read the book some time before. I saw it in the bookstore, started to read it and it grabbed my attention straight away. Because I didn’t have much time to read, I bought and heard it as an audio book.
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Sitting by the silver lake
I am watching many tales that are about to unfold
Listening to silver dripping droplets of water
And watching numerous flowers and trees growing out of the earth and into the green
I am beginning to feel old
Having faced many centuries of summer and cold
I desire to talk to the gracious gleam of my midnight surroundings of green
I enjoy reading the rays of the moonlight and therefore might not be what I appear to seem
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A fairy once received a stabilized dark violet rose in a jar of glass by a young human prince
She wondered why he wouldn’t give her a living rose of a normal red or light colour
But a rose that was of a dark purple colour and besides also a stabilized one
The prince was acting quite mysterious about it and begged her to not tell anyone
Assuring the fairy that the rose’s colour didn’t mean anything at all
She took the preserved and dark purple rose in the jar of glass
To the silver lake in hope for answers
There the Lady of the Lake spoke: There there my lovely fairy
Do you want to know the different meanings of human love?
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