Translated Fiction

Translated Fiction


Japanese Fiction

Lonely Castle in the Mirror by Mizuki Tsujimura

This was one of my most anticipated novels of the year, I was overjoyed to see that I was approved for a copy on NetGalley and it took all of my willpower to not drop my entire TBR just to pick it up. After devouring this novel in a couple of days and staying up late to read the last 60%, I can honestly say that this novel was well worth the wait. … Continue reading →

How Do You Live? by Genzaburo Yoshino

Copper was such a delightful protagonist. I loved his outlook on life and how he was determined to understand everything and make discoveries surrounding life and humanity. He was always eager to learn new things about the world around him and about himself. Copper’s relationship with his Uncle was particularly touching, the way that his Uncle would encourage him with his discoveries and his progress into becoming a great human was lovely to see.… Continue reading →

Breasts and Eggs by Mieko Kawakami

In this novel Kawakami does an excellent job of creating complex relationships between the characters as well as the complex relationship some women have with the concept of motherhood. I liked the contrast between the first part of the novel, with the focus being on the relationship between Makiko and Midoriko and then the second part of the novel with Natsuko on her own and trying to figure out what she wants in terms of a family, and if she was her own one at all.… Continue reading →

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Other Translated Fiction

Blog Tour – The High-Rise Diver by Julia von Lucadou

This was such an interesting concept and take on the dystopian genre, it was so mysterious and gripping as information about this society and this world is slowly fed to you over the course of the novel. You’re not even told who the protagonist is until a couple of chapters in. I really liked this feeling of already being involved in the world, the idea that this is something that has been going on for a while and is no longer out of the norm for the protagonist to feel the need to tell us about it explicitly. … Continue reading →

Blog Tour – Grown Ups by Marie Aubert

I really love books that just provide a brief snapshot into the lives of ordinary people, so when I heard about this book of 40 year-old Ida struggling to come to terms that life as a ‘grown up’ isn’t what she imagined it immediately connected with me and I jumped at the chance to be part of this tour. … Continue reading →

Tender is the Flesh by Augustina Bazterrica

After seeing Cara’s review over at The Tattooed Book of Tender is the Flesh I was very intrigued by the book. Especially as, on paper, this book seemed to tick a lot of my favourite boxes – translated fiction, dystopian, dark. This book was everything I was hoping it would be and more, but it is definitely not one for the faint hearted.… Continue reading →

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