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Monday, June 16, 2014

Japanese Literature Challenge 8 is here!

JLC8 is in full swing and I am ready to partake in the festivities.  Finally!  I can't believe that I haven't posted sooner about this wonderful annual event - especially since it is one of my all-time favorite reading challenges!  How could it not be, when it is a reading challenge dedicated to Japanese literature?!  And you know I love me some Murakami, Ogawa, and Yoshimoto - big time!  So, of course I am excited to dive right in and start a new TBR pile of all of the books I want to read for this challenge (the new Murakami will most definitely be included).  I'm really hoping to find some new-to-me authors to read.  Luckily, Dolce Bellezza (creator of JLC) has decided to highlight a specific author for each month of the challenge - how perfect is that?  Plus, there will be giveaways and read-alongs throughout the rest of the year - JCL8 runs from June 2014 thru January 2015.  How fun is that!?!  I know I'm excited.  I've actually just finished reading The Lake by Banana Yoshimoto (talk about perfect timing!) and have started Murakami's book, Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman - so, I think I'm off to a pretty great start.  And now, I'm off to finish reading An Incomplete Revenge by Jacqueline Winspear - its the last book in the Maisie Dobbs series that I need to read.  Happy reading!
June: Kaikō Takeshi (a prominent post WWII writer who won the Akutagawa prize in 1957)
July: Ryunosuke Akutagawa (known as the father of the Japanese short story)
August: Keigo Higashino (known primarily for his mystery novels; Naoko was one of my favorite books last year)
September: Haruki Murakami (a contemporary Japanese writer whose books have been translated in 50 languages and sold in the millions)
October: Yukio Mishima ( a 20th century writer nominated three times for the Nobel prize)
November: Yasunari Kawabata (first Japanese author to win the Nobel prize "for his narrative mastery, which with great sensibility expresses the essence of the Japanese mind". Nobel prize 
December: Natsume Sōseki (a novelist of the Meiji period (September 1868 through July 1912) whose writing has had a profound impact on almost all Japanese writers)
January: Banana Yoshimoto (a writer who claims that her two themes are "the exhaustion of young Japanese in contemporary Japan" and "the way in which terrible experiences shape a person's life.")
- See more at: http://www.dolcebellezza.net/2014/05/japanese-literature-challenge-8.html#sthash.YICBiPVf.dpuf
June: Kaikō Takeshi (a prominent post WWII writer who won the Akutagawa prize in 1957)
July: Ryunosuke Akutagawa (known as the father of the Japanese short story)
August: Keigo Higashino (known primarily for his mystery novels; Naoko was one of my favorite books last year)
September: Haruki Murakami (a contemporary Japanese writer whose books have been translated in 50 languages and sold in the millions)
October: Yukio Mishima ( a 20th century writer nominated three times for the Nobel prize)
November: Yasunari Kawabata (first Japanese author to win the Nobel prize "for his narrative mastery, which with great sensibility expresses the essence of the Japanese mind". Nobel prize 
December: Natsume Sōseki (a novelist of the Meiji period (September 1868 through July 1912) whose writing has had a profound impact on almost all Japanese writers)
January: Banana Yoshimoto (a writer who claims that her two themes are "the exhaustion of young Japanese in contemporary Japan" and "the way in which terrible experiences shape a person's life.")
- See more at: http://www.dolcebellezza.net/2014/05/japanese-literature-challenge-8.html#sthash.YICBiPVf.dpuf
June: Kaikō Takeshi (a prominent post WWII writer who won the Akutagawa prize in 1957)
July: Ryunosuke Akutagawa (known as the father of the Japanese short story)
August: Keigo Higashino (known primarily for his mystery novels; Naoko was one of my favorite books last year)
September: Haruki Murakami (a contemporary Japanese writer whose books have been translated in 50 languages and sold in the millions)
October: Yukio Mishima ( a 20th century writer nominated three times for the Nobel prize)
November: Yasunari Kawabata (first Japanese author to win the Nobel prize "for his narrative mastery, which with great sensibility expresses the essence of the Japanese mind". Nobel prize 
December: Natsume Sōseki (a novelist of the Meiji period (September 1868 through July 1912) whose writing has had a profound impact on almost all Japanese writers)
January: Banana Yoshimoto (a writer who claims that her two themes are "the exhaustion of young Japanese in contemporary Japan" and "the way in which terrible experiences shape a person's life.")
- See more at: http://www.dolcebellezza.net/2014/05/japanese-literature-challenge-8.html#sthash.YICBiPVf.dpuf

6 comments:

Ti said...

So you are going to wait until SEPT to read Murakami?? Will you be able to wait?

Nadia A said...

Ti, I'm not going to wait - I thought about it, because I thought it would be fun to read it with Meredith (Dolce Bellezza). But I can't!! I need me some Murakami ASAP!!

Carin Siegfried said...

I've loved the Banana Yoshimoto books I've read, but I haven't read one of hers in a long time!

Nadia A said...

Carin, I just read The Lake and it was terrific. And I got another Yoshimoto book to read for JLC8 - I just love her work!

Bellezza said...

Nadia, your enthusiasm just thrills me! It wouldn't be so much fun without you. I so hope we can read the latest Murakami when it comes out in August together. Shall we start the moment it arrives in August? ;) Let's talk then.

p.s. Love the look here. xo

Nadia A said...

Thanks, Meredith! I just love the JLC and your enthusiasm for Japanese Literature - its effusive! I would love to read the new Murakami together - how fun! I'll email you then :)