Edited by Jay Rubin, introduction by Haruki Murakami
An anthology from the C19th to the present, ingeniously and painstakingly edited by Rubin whose brief to himself and to colleagues was that the stories selected should be unforgettable and resonant. Not every great Japanese author is represented here, though many are. The thematic ordering of the stories (‘Modern Life and Other Nonsense’, ‘Japan and the West’, ‘Nature and Memory’, ‘Dread’ and more) acts as an unobtrusive guide in a world probably unfamiliar to most of us.
Includes a tremendously knowledgeable essay by Haruki Murakami.
A huge new novel that begins with a portrait painter, abandoned by his wife, who finds himself holed up in the mountain home of a famous artist. (Some readers may sympathise very readily with the wife.)
A brief illustrated reverie about the Japanese battleship Yamato, once the largest and most powerful warship in the world – “the Dreadnought of Dreadnoughts”. This noble dinosaur, unprotected from air attack and hopelessly vulnerable, went down with flags still flying and over two thousand men on 7th April 1945. Morris’s meditation on this “last arrow from the imperial quiver” delivers pathos and compassion, and admiration too.