A True Novel by Minae Mizumura, translated from the Japanese by Juliet Winters Carpenter

A True Novel by Japanese author Minae Mizumura, translated by Juliet Winters Carpenter, received a lot of positive attention when it was released in 2013 by Other Press.*  Not least because it was released in a beautiful two-volume, illustrated and slip-cased edition. But the plot, itself, was always going to be catnip to a certain type of reader — the re-interpretaion of the beloved Bronte … Continue reading A True Novel by Minae Mizumura, translated from the Japanese by Juliet Winters Carpenter

The Tattoo Murder Case by Akimitsu Takagi (Audio)

Akimitsu Takagi’s The Tattoo Murder Case is an extremely clever mystery, populated with psychologically complex characters and convoluted plot lines.  But I found that the most interesting aspect of the book by far was its setting: occupied Japan.  A time when, suddenly, – after 8000 years of history, tradition and believing that their Emperor was a god – Japan became a democracy.  Poof! Just like … Continue reading The Tattoo Murder Case by Akimitsu Takagi (Audio)