Belatedly I’ve decided to join Dolce Bellezza‘s Japanese Literature Challenge as I have read quite a few Japanese novels and enjoyed them. The ones that I have read have been a bit off-beat, or even downright strange. This is something I understand a little more in the context of Japanese culture having visited the country on my travels a few months ago. Of course I mean strange in a good way – unique, stretching, often a little surreal and fascinating!
The novel that springs to mind that I’d like to read is Out by Natsuo Kirino as i found Grotesque, by the same author really interesting. However I thought I’d put it out there to see if other people have any different suggestions. I’ve read quite a bit of Haruki Murakami (A Wild Sheep Chase, The Wind-up Bird Chronicle, Kafka on the Shore) and Natsuo Kirino’s Out as mentioned.
Has anyone read any novels by Japanese writers lately that they might recommend?