January 2021 was a very prolific in terms of reading, especially reading Japanese authors! As part of the Japanese literature challenge, in this post I share 4 books I read this month, plus other recommendations and ideas.
Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami
Killing Commendatore is the most recent book published by Murakami and it is the story of a painter in his thirties. Of course, in a true Murakamian style, it involves magical realism and the whole narrative is sprinkled with food and music. The 700+ pages went by very quickly – it is definitely one of my favourite books by Murakami.
Other books by Murakami that I read and recommend:
Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi
Before the Coffee Gets Cold is a series of two books with the action happening in a special café. There, people can travel to the past, they have to get back before their coffee gets cold. In case you’re wondering, I’d love to read a third book from this series – it’s that good!
In a heart-warming fashion readers are told stories of friends, lovers and parents who want to travel back in time. The present cannot be changed, so does it really make sense to travel back in time for only few minutes?
Earthlings by Sayaka Muraka
Earthlings (my review) is one of the most shocking and weird books I’ve ever read, and definitely the winner of the “most misleading cover”. It is a story about toxic relationships and not fitting in the society – an extreme rebellion against human culture and spirit.
Other books by Japanese authors on my radar
For more ideas you can also check the list of books written by Japanese writers that I published few years ago – link here. One example from the list is Yasunari Kawabata. I read two of his books – The Old Capital (my review) and Snow Country. I think these books have a more delicate and traditional writing style compared to the Japanese books I recently read.
In addition, I have on my radar the following books:
- The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa – it’s a dystopian story that I cannot wait to read
- Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Muraka – I understood it’s not as weird as Earthlings, I’d like to give it a try
- Breasts and Eggs by Mieko Kawakami – I’ve seen a lot this book in the media
Did you read any of the books mentioned? Please let me know if you have other recommendations!
‘Till next time … happy reading!