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Jerusalem Ablaze: Stories of Love and Other Obsessions

Jerusalem Ablaze: Stories of Love and Other Obsessions
  • Author(s): Orlando Ortega-Medina
  • Location(s): Los Angeles, Israel, Quebec, Tokyo
  • Genre(s): Short Stories
  • Era(s): Contemporary

In Jerusalem’s Old City a young priest and a dominatrix converse in the dying light; on Oregon’s windswept coast a fragile woman discovers a body washed up on the beach after a storm; and in Postwar Japan a young...

Spark

Spark
  • Author(s): Naoki Matayoshi, Alison Watts (translator)
  • Location(s): Tokyo
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 21st Century

The cult Japanese phenomenon – a hilarious, prizewinning bestseller about making it in Manzai comedy Tokunaga is a young comedian struggling to make a name for himself when he is taken under the wing of Kamiya, who is either...

The Devotion of Suspect X

The Devotion of Suspect X
  • Author(s): Keigo Higashino
  • Location(s): Tokyo
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Thriller
  • Era(s): Modern

A single mother, assisted by her daughter, strangles her abusive ex-husband. Her next door neighbour, a mathematician helps to create a scenario to provide the two women with iron-clad alibis. A detective, with the support of his logically minded...

The Thief

The Thief
  • Author(s): Fuminori Nakamura
  • Location(s): Tokyo
  • Genre(s): Crime, Novella
  • Era(s): Modern

The Thief is a seasoned pickpocket. Anonymous in his tailored suit, he weaves in and out of Tokyo crowds, stealing wallets from strangers so smoothly sometimes he doesn’t even remember the snatch. Most people are just a blur to...

Tokyo Year Zero (Tokyo Trilogy 1)

Tokyo Year Zero (Tokyo Trilogy 1)
  • Author(s): David Peace
  • Location(s): Tokyo
  • Genre(s): Crime, Historical, Thriller

Post war Japan…The police force barely functions, and a variety of unpleasant individuals struggle for supremacy in Tokyo’s thriving black market. Peace’s protagonist, Detective Minami, is assigned a difficult case: the bodies of two women are found in Sheba...

Fish Swimming in Dappled Sunlight

Fish Swimming in Dappled Sunlight
  • Author(s): Riku Onda, Alison Watts (translator)
  • Location(s): Tokyo
  • Genre(s): In Translation, Fiction, Psychological Thriller
  • Era(s): Contemporary

The WSJ commented: “Part psychological thriller, part murder mystery-it is audacious in conception and brilliant in execution.” The Globe and Mail said the book was “emerging as one of the most praised novels of the year.” Set in a...

Before the Coffee Gets Cold

Before the Coffee Gets Cold
  • Author(s): Toshikazu Kawaguchi
  • Location(s): Tokyo
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

What would you change if you could go back in time? In a small back alley in Tokyo, there is a café which has been serving carefully brewed coffee for more than one hundred years. But this coffee shop...

The Lake

The Lake
  • Author(s): Banana Yoshimoto
  • Location(s): Tokyo
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

A young woman moves to Tokyo after the death of her mother, hoping to overcome her grief and start a career as a graphic artist. But she spends her time staring out of the window, only to realise that...

Tokyo Cancelled

Tokyo Cancelled
  • Author(s): Rana Dasgupta
  • Location(s): Tokyo
  • Genre(s): Short Stories
  • Era(s): Various

Thirteen short stories told by passengers stranded for the night at Tokyo airport. A tenuous link to Tokyo, but neverthless a collection of fairytales that are interesting.

A Thing of the Moment

A Thing of the Moment
  • Author(s): Bruno Noble
  • Location(s): Tokyo, London, Oxford
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1970s to 1990s

A novel written from the points of view of three women with the subject, besides telling the stories of how they grow up and meet, the nature of the self, or of identity. It takes its title from Straw...

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