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Mishima, Yukio

The Sound of Waves – Yukio Mishima

The Sound of Waves is the first of Yukio Mishima’s book to be translated into English, and I can see why. For the fans expecting the darker, more brooding version of latter Mishima might be disappointed. This is Mishima when he was not yet cynical, the world was still a nice and simple place, and […]

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Mishima, Yukio

The Temple of Dawn – Yukio Mishima

The Temple of Dawn is book #3 in The Sea of Fertility tetralogy. My review for book #1 Spring Snow here and book #2 Runaway Horses here. If you have not read the first two, warning there will be possible spoilers. So my relationship with Mishima’s epic has been long and slow going, as I […]

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Mishima, Yukio

Runaway Horses – Yukio Mishima

Runaway Horses is the second book in Yukio Mishima’s Sea of Fertility tetralogy. You do have to read the books in order, so there will be spoilers for the first book below (My review of Spring Snow). The book starts with Honda – Kiyoaki’s friend in the first book, who is now a middle age […]

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Han, Kang

The Vegetarian – Han Kang

I found this book at my library and couldn’t believe that it was free to borrow and nobody had reserved it. At the time Man Booker International Prize 2016 was still ongoing, and The Vegetarian was one of the shortlist. I knew that unlike what I do usually with other books (renew them again and […]

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Tezuka, Osamu

Buddha by Osamu Tezuka (Vol 1: Kapilavastu)

Buddha is an 8-volume manga by Osamu Tezuka. Tezuka is best known as the creator of Astro Boy, which I never watched or read, but I knew Tezuka has also produced some more grownup manga, like Buddha. This is my first time reading his work, as I noticed the big volumes readily available at the […]

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Jansson, Tove

The Summer Book – Tove Jansson

I knew about Tove Jansson only in the recent years, after I moved to Europe, from her beloved series Moomin. I didn’t grow up with Moomin, but fell in love immediately with the white hippo looking characters. Today I have a Moomin soft toy, Moomin shirt, and Moomin postcards stuck on my bookshelf 🙂 – all without having read […]

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Ørstavik, Hanne Camus, Albert

The Outsider – Albert Camus / The Blue Room – Hanne Ørstavik

I’m back to doing double bill. My most recent reads are The Outsider by the Nobel prize winner French-Algerian Albert Camus, and the most recent release from Peirene Press: The Blue Room by Norwegian writer Hanne Ørstavik. Both are novellas, or short books – which is my favorite type of book in recent years. Both […]

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Ismailov, Hamid

The Dead Lake by Hamid Ismailov

In The Dead Lake, we meet Yerzhan, a boy growing up in a remote part of Kazakhstan, where there are only two family living in two houses. His body stops growing and keeps the look of a 10 years old. How does he get into this problem? What happens when his childhood sweetheart grows up […]

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Lost in Translation Challenge (Barely) Completed

Frances @ Nonsuch Books hosted Lost in Translation Challenge running from 1 January 2009 to 31 December 2009, required us to read 6 books in translation. I said, it sounds like an easy rule. I did manage to complete it, but barely. I read 6 books, sort of, or 5 1/3 if you want to […]

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Garcia Marquez, Gabriel

Memories of My Melancholy Whores by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Gabriel Garcia Marquez is an author from Colombia, so the book is originally in Spanish. Both my friends from Colombia and Spain recommended his other book (most famous), One Hundred Years of Solitude. Although I already have it on my shelf, I was kinda terrified of its ‘classic’ label and thickness, so I decided to […]