Best Japanese fiction in translation

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The Box Man (Vintage International)
1.  The Box Man (Vintage International) by Kobo Abe
The list author says:
  "favourite book by a a japanese author. beautiful and surreal, the two qualities that best sum up contemporary japanese fiction, and this book brims over with both. erotic box magic."
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Snow Country (Vintage International)
2.  Snow Country (Vintage International) by Yasunari Kawabata
The list author says:
  "obvious choice. sparse and beautiful. too much to say about kawabata. this book sums up all his accomplishments, sadness and beauty, breathtaking, every paragraph is like poetry."
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Acts of Worship: Seven Stories
3.  Acts of Worship: Seven Stories by Yukio Mishima
The list author says:
  "a sort of mishima primer. introduces his key themes- masculinity, eroticism and the self. the first story is especially brilliant."
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Naomi (Vintage International)
4.  Naomi (Vintage International) by Junichiro Tanizaki
The list author says:
  "originally called 'chijin no ai' which means the love of a fool. witty and poignant. Tanizaki's work embodies japan's struggle with modernity and tradition."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

NO LONGER HUMAN  (New Directions Book.)
5.  NO LONGER HUMAN (New Directions Book.) by Osamu Dazai
The list author says:
  "The greater the artist, perhaps the greater the internal conflict. Dazai like Mishima is a hard man to like. but the book contains passages of desperation and insight that are rarely matched"
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Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World
6.  Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami
The list author says:
  "despite the disturbing Springsteen references, this is Murakami at his best. The combination of low grade sci-fi, the 80s and the surreal subconcious world are dynamite."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)

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