Born after Hiroshima, the writers in this dazzling collection of short stories represent the American debut of the best contemporary Japanese fiction. Inhabiting the exotic interstice between cultural traditionalism and high-tech futurism, the stories in this volume offer a rich portrait of the Japanese sensibility Â the zeitgeist that is transforming the way the rest of the world views itself. Sections include ÂKitchenâ by Banana Yoshimoto, ÂA Callow Fellow of Jewish Descentâ by Masahiko Shimada, ÂOn Meeting My 100 Percent Woman One Fine April Morningâ by Haruki Murakami, ÂSwallowtailsâ by Shiina Mkoto, ÂGod Is Nowhere; God Is Now Hereâ by Itoh Seikoh, ÂX-Rated Blanketâ by Eimi Yamada, ÂYu-Heeâ by Yang Ji Lee, ÂOn a Moonless Night by Sei Takekawa, ÂLiving in a Mazeâ by Kyoji Kobayashi, ÂThe Imitation of Leibnizâ by Genichiro Takahashi, ÂThe Unsinkable Molly Brownâ by Tamio Kageyama, and ÂWineâ by Mariko Hayashi.
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