Tagged with Japanese literature

Reading ‘Slow Boat’ by Hideo Furukawa

Reading ‘Slow Boat’ by Hideo Furukawa


Japanese literature fans may already be aware that Pushkin Press has been releasing a series of Japanese novellas this year. The latest of these releases is Hideo Furukawa’s Slow Boat, a story of a man trapped in Tokyo. Slow Boat flits between the present, as our narrator Boku wanders a deserted Tokyo on Christmas Eve, and the … Continue reading

Book review: Silence

Book review: Silence


You will likely have seen trailers and posters for Martin Scorcese’s latest film, Silence, which was released in the UK at the beginning of this year. Unfortunately, I missed the film because I was determined to read the novel it was based on first and subsequently missed the screenings. So, my review of Shusaku Endo’s … Continue reading

Book review: Botchan

Book review: Botchan


Anyone who loves Japanese literature will tell you that Natsume Soseki is one of those authors whose works you really need to read. I’m ashamed to admit that the likes of Kokoro and I am a Cat (how have I not read that one?) have been on my ‘to read’ list for far too long, … Continue reading

Book Review: Spring Snow


I realise we’re still in the first week of January, but I’m going to say it: we have an early contender for the book’s blog of the year 2016! As with all my book reviews, I will keep detail on the plot brief so you can discover the magic for yourself. Spring Snow is a … Continue reading