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Translator: Snyder, Stephen

  • Confessions

    After calling off her engagement in wake of a tragic revelation, Yuko Moriguchi had nothing to live for except her only child, four-year-old Manami. Now, following an accident on the grounds of the middle school where she teaches, Yuko has given up and tendered her resignation. But first she has one last lecture to deliver.…

  • Remote control

    Aoyagi, a former delivery-truck driver in the city of Sendai is unemployed– and now he’s the main suspect in the assassination of a newly elected prime minister. As Aoyagi runs, he must negotiate trigger-happy law enforcement while trying to discover why he was set up and who is responsible.

  • Coin locker babies

    The story of two babies abandoned in a locker at a railroad station. They grow up to represent the darker side of Japanese youth, lacking tradition and religion. One brother becomes a male prostitute, then a rock star, the other goes to jail and becomes involved in a plot to poison Tokyo. By the author…

  • The housekeeper and the professor

    He is a brilliant math Professor with a peculiar problem. Ever since a traumatic head injury, he has lived with only eighty minutes of short-term memory. She is an astute young Housekeeper, with a ten-year-old son, who is hired to care for him. And every morning, as the Professor and the Housekeeper are introduced to…

  • The diving pool : three novellas

    In this crafty, suspenseful hook., each novella is narrated in the listless, emotionally remote voice of a young woman, such as the high schooler of the title story whose infatuation with her foster brother, Jun, prompts her to obsessively observe his diving practice. As the daughter of religious parents who run an orphanage, Aya feels…

  • Hotel Iris

    Young hotel clerk Mari is drawn to a widowed translator suspected of killing his wife, who initiates her into a dark realm of pleasure and pain, a world that she embraces even more than the translator.

  • Revenge : eleven dark tales

  • The Cafeteria in the Evening and a Pool in the Rain

  • Out

    After strangling her husband, Masako Katori, a middle-aged wife and mother working the night shift at a Tokyo factory, enlists the aid of four co-workers to conceal the crime.

  • Rivalry : a geisha’s tale

    Offers an English translation of the complete, uncensored text, which has long been celebrated as one of the most convincing and sensually rich portraits of the geisha profession. This book tells a sweeping story in which sexual politics compete with sisterly affection in a world ruled by material transaction.