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Posted 10/1/16 , edited 10/1/16
I've read Akutagawa's Rashomon, Dazai's No Longer Human and Crackling Mountain and Other Short Stories, Souseki's Kokoro, Banana Yoshimoto's Kitchen, and I'm about to read Yukio Mishima's Confessions of a Mask and Tanizaki's Naomi!

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Posted 10/2/16 , edited 10/2/16
Ryounosuke Akutagawa, Natsumi Soseki and Yasunari Kawabata are great. I also like Musashi from Eiji Yoshokawa. The pillow Book is awesome and The Romance of the Genji a.k.a as The Tale of the Genji is superbly beautiful. I started a Japanese course just to read Haiku. Yeah, I am an enthusiast of Japanese literature. I also like the Bunraku plays. Zeami is great too. It is theater, but who cares. The text is SUPERB.
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Teviston wrote:

So this thread might be dead but i'll try asking anyway, what Soseki book should I start with?


deadpanditto wrote:

A good contemporary author you should check out is Banana Yoshimoto. I like her sense of humor even though her topics aren't funny.


What book would you recommend?



Tsugumi for sure. Just very interesting and amusing.
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Akutagawa's Hell Screen is something to read about. He knows how to creep you out.. in a very subtle way

Yasunari Kawabata's Snow Country is interesting, quite opposite of Akutagawa.

I've read Dazai's lesser known works, also shorter, like Run Melos! and Fugaku Hyakkei, One hundred views of Mount Fuji (ok i read this in like another language so dunno if this is the right title... its about him and his girlfriend/fiance (?) climbing Mr. Fuji. The first one was adapted from the poem written by Schiller. Both are NOT his usual style. I'm still too afraid of even starting to read No longer human...

Haruki Murakami... after reading three of his books, the one I like the most was his semi-autobiography... called What I Talk About When I Talk About Running: A Memoir, the other two being Kafka on the Shore (only finished one narrator), and A Wild Sheep Chase. i hope this is not an insult to his book that I liked his biography more than his fiction....

Keigo Higashino's murder mystery, I read The Lakeside Murder Case, it was okay, and then some other random short stories he wrote. very very different than James Patterson's Private Down Under, which is the only book i read from him, I can really feel the creepiness in Higashino's book, and his stories.

Also read Natsume's Yuujinchou.... okay I'm kidding on this one Do want to start reading Natsume Soseki, dunno where to start.
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I'm a huge Japanese literature enthusiast. Here are some of my favorites:

Haruki Murakami: My favorite Japanese contemporary author, my favorite works of his are Kafka on the Shore, The Wind-up Bird Chronicles, and Norwegian Wood.

Osamu Dazai: My favorite is Shayō, and of course his classic Ningen Shikkaku, though it is very bleak and depressing. I also like his short story Hashire Merosu, which was an adaptation of Friedrich Schiller's ballad Die Bürgschaft, it was different since it was not his usual style.

Natsume Sōseki: One of my favorite Japanese author. My favorite is Kokoro, I recommend to start with this if you want to read Sōseki's works. It took place during the transition time from Meiji period to the modern era, and dealt with the theme of isolation really well. I also like Botchan, and Wagahai wa Neko de Aru. Both are satirical novels.

Ryūnosuke Akutagawa: The father of Japanese short story, the Akutagawa literary prize is named after him. My favorite short story is Rashōmon. I also like Yabu no Naka and Jigokuhen, it was quite creepy.

Atsushi Nakajima: My favorite work of his is Hikari to Kaze to Yume, based on Robert Louis Stevenson's life. Also like his short story Sangetsuki ("Tiger Poet") from the collection of short stories The Moon over the Mountain.

Edogawa Ranpo: One of my favorite mystery writer beside Edgar Allan Poe, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and Agatha Christie. Read all of his Kogoro Akechi series including D-zaka no satsujin jiken ("Murder on D Street"), Kuro-tokage, and Shōnen tantei dan ("Boy Detectives Club").

Jun'ichirō Tanizaki: My favorite works of his are Sasameyuki ("Light Snow") which told the story of the four Makioka sisters, and Chijin no Ai aka Naomi in English translation.

Yasunari Kawabata: He's also one of my favorite Japanese author. I love his lyrical prose. He actually won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1968. My favorites are Yukiguni, Senbazuru, Yama no Oto, and Koto.

This list of authors sounds like the cast of Bungou Stray Dogs (one of my favorite anime) except for Murakami, Sōseki, and Kawabata.
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