Literary World Tour – Japan

My friend Brian approached me about putting together, with him, a solid reading regimen. Something less haphazard than the usual strategy we share. We cycled through various ideas, but finally settled on embarking on a literary world tour.

We’re starting East and moving West, and our first stop is Japan. Here are some authors and titles I’ve read, am reading, or am hoping to read:

Fiction:

Murasaki Shikibu – Tale of Genji
Natsume Soseki – (no titles chosen)
Ryunosuke Akutagawa – Rashoman & Other Stories*
                                             Hell Screen; Cogwheels; A Fool’s Life*
Kenzaburo Oe – Somersault
Haruki Murakami – Norwegian Wood
                                    The Elephant Vanishes: Stories*
                                    Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman*
                                    After Dark

Non-fiction:

Kenzaburo Oe – Hiroshima Notes
John Hersey – Hiroshima

If you have any suggestions, shoot them my way. If you have any suggestions about any countries/regions, shoot them my way. After Japan comes Russia, then China, then somewhere else.

*Short fiction/short fiction collections

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