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A view by the sea

A novella plus five short stories translated from Japanese.

A wild sheep chase

Acts of worship : seven stories

Here are seven stories of psychological insight and eroticism from Yukio Mishima.

After dark

Two sisters, Eri, a fashion model sleeping her way to oblivion, and Mari, a young student, form the center of a novel that documents a series of encounters, with a jazz trombonist, the manager of a “love hotel” and her maid staff, and a Chinese prostitute brutalized by a businessman …

After the banquet

For years Kazu has run her fashionable restaurant with a combination of charm and shrewdness. But when the she falls in love with one of her clients, an aristocratic retired politician, she renounces her business in order to become his wife.

After the quake : stories

A collection of stories inspired by the January 1995 Kobe earthquake and the poison gas subway attacks two months later takes place between the two disasters and follows the experiences of people who found their normal lives undone by surreal events.

All she was worth

Tokyo’s Inspector Shunsake Honma investigates the case of a woman who may have murdered another in order to take her identity. A tale of credit cards and debt and rampant consumerism in today’s Japan.

All you need is kill

There’s only one thing worse than dying. It’s coming back to do it again and again….

America & other poems

Winner of the 2004 U.S.-Japan Friendship Commission Award for the Translation of Japanese Literature from the Donald Keene Center of Japanese Culture at Columbia University. Poems.

American stories

Based on his sojourn from Japan to Washington State, Michigan, and New York City in the early years of the twentieth century, these stories, at last available in English, represent a classic account of turn-of-the-century America by one of the greatest Japanese writers of the modern era.


A Japanese woman’s struggle to regain her memory. She is Saku-chan, a barmaid who suffered a head injury in a fall. She meets her dead sister’s lover and the two have an affair which helps her recover. By the author of Lizard.

An echo of heaven

Translation of a Japanese novel by the Nobel Prize-winning author in which a narrator tells the story of Marie Kuraki, a woman who embarks upon a complicated quest for spiritual peace after her life is rocked by a series of personal tragedies.

And Then

And Then, ranked as one of Soseki Natsume’s most insightful and stirring novels, tells the story of Daisuke, a young Japanese man struggling with his personal purpose and identity, as well as the changing social landscape of Meiji-era Japan. As Japan enters the 20th century, ancient customs give way to …

Anthology of Japanese literature : from the earliest era to the mid-nineteenth century

This extensive anthology includes excerpts from plays and novels plus stories, fairy tales, and many poems.

As I crossed a bridge of dreams : recollections of a woman in eleventh-century Japan

A Lady-in-waiting at a Heian court in medieval Japan records her personal feelings and reactions to social standards. Its shy and vulnerable author found happiness neither in her work at court nor with her family, and projected into her writing veiled longings that are both timeless and poignant.