Japanese literature

I can read japanese okay-ish but I've mainly stuck to manga, and it doesn't really compare to reading a proper novel.
Could I get some recommendations for relatively modern japanese books?
Any genre, fiction/non-fiction, high/low, just as long as the grammar isn't too outdated, just something you've personally enjoyed reading.

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  1. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    The work of Yasutaka Tsutsui. The most kino Japanese author alive.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      looking at wikipedia that's a pretty nice section of short stories, I'll definitly check him out. thanks anon!

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >Tsutsui has gained notoriety for his politically incorrect humor and views.[3] On April 4, 2017, Tsutsui was criticized for posting a tweet referring to the Statue of Peace, a memorial to victims of sexual slavery during World War II, stating, "That girl is cute. Everyone, let's go and ejaculate in front of her and shower her with semen." on his Twitter.
      Lol.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        >Statue of Peace
        To be fair it is a pretty passive aggressive b***h move to put that outside of a country's embassy.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        I'm convinced that the Japanese psyche goes through periods (10-25 years) of pure anti-humanity, where if they're not allowed to start external mass slaughter they turn inward and start suiciding. The current population decline is indicative of that, a cross between extreme suppressed guilt and nihilism. They call it 'hard work' but we know what it really is.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          Nice israeli projection.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            >Jews kill Christ 2000 years ago as part of a pact with god.
            >peaceful for the next ~1950 years until WW2 ends and they claim a permanent land for their own.
            I don't see the connection here. JP has been a cyclically violent nation since its beginning.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            >peaceful for the next ~1950 years until WW2 ends
            lol

  2. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    If you read No Longer Human and enjoy it make sure to check out the manga adaptation by Ito. I think it's actually the best way to experience the story. Really well done.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      yeah, my "classic" list has Kokoro, No Longer Human, I am a cat, Mishima etc, but I felt like I needed to ease into novels first.
      Ito is amazing but honestly his body horror stuff freaks me out too much, so good rec. Have you read the manga he wrote about his cats? It's pretty funny.

      Shūsaku Endō is an interesting author really, he reminds me of the author Graham Greene which makes sense as he shared a mutual admiration.

      He’s mainly known for his book Silence, which was then adapted into a film by Martin Scorsese. Though I don’t blame you if your not interested.

      Nice, adding both Greene and Endō to my lists. Never heard about Greene before but apparently he wrote the screenplay for one of my favorite movies (The Third Man) so can't go wrong there

  3. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Shūsaku Endō is an interesting author really, he reminds me of the author Graham Greene which makes sense as he shared a mutual admiration.

    He’s mainly known for his book Silence, which was then adapted into a film by Martin Scorsese. Though I don’t blame you if your not interested.

  4. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Okamoto Kido if you want some light detective fiction and a good test of turn of the century language.

  5. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I Want To Eat Your Pancreas by Yoru Sumino

  6. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    To the Spring Equinox and Beyond

  7. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Kōbō Abe goes pretty hard

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      is the the creator of the Kobo e-reader?

  8. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Based JP learner. I am reading 吾輩は猫である rn. Going to pick up some of the stuff rec'd in this thread too.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Hows the grammar? I have no experience with "older" japanese so I don't know if it's worth the effort right now.
      As an aside I've gave up on physical books for japanese, honto.jp seems to be a good source for e-books.

  9. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    strange weather in Tokyo or The Briefcase (same book) by Hiromi Kawakami

  10. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    The Tale of Genji

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >relatively modern japanese books

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous
  11. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    In the miso soup

  12. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Tokyo Stories: A Literary Stroll
    Read a few of the stories, was fun. It's an anthology.

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