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When We Were Orphans
A Novel
Written by Kazuo Ishiguro


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 30, 2001
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-72440-4 (0-375-72440-0)

When We Were Orphans will linger in the mind as an often fascinating, imaginative work of surpassing intelligence and taste.”—Joyce Carol Oates, Times Literary Supplement

From the Booker Prize-winning, bestselling author of Remains of the Day comes this stunning work of soaring imagination.

Renowned London dectective Christopher Banks was born in Shanghai... Read more >
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Beauty and Sadness

Written by Yasunari Kawabata


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 30, 1996
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-76105-1 (0-679-76105-5)

Love as sickness and immortality, sex as entrapment and revenge--these are the themes that the Nobel Prize-winning author dramatizes with such cool and mesmerizing power in Beauty and Sadness. At its heart is a destructive love affair between a married writer and a teenage girl that continues to haunt both of... Read more >
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The Master of Go

Written by Yasunari Kawabata


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 28, 1996
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-76106-8 (0-679-76106-3)

Go is a game of strategy in which two players attempt to surround each other's black or white stones; it is also an essential expression of Japanese spirit. In his fictional chronicle of a match played between a revered and invincible master and a younger, more modern challenger, Kawabata captures the... Read more >
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Snow Country

Written by Yasunari Kawabata
Translated by Edward G. Seidensticker


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 30, 1996
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76104-4 (0-679-76104-7)

Kawabata, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature, tells the story of a wasted love set amid the desolate beauty of western Japan, the snowiest region on earth. It is there, at an isolated mountain hotspring, that the wealthy sophisticate Shimamura meets the geisha Komako, who gives herself to him without... Read more >
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The Sound of the Mountain

Written by Yasunari Kawabata


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 28, 1996
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76264-5 (0-679-76264-7)

From the Nobel Prize laureate comes the tale of an elderly Tokyo businessman, Ogata Shingo, who is troubled by small failures of memory. At night he hears a distant rumble from the nearby mountain, a sound he associates with death. In between are the relationships that were once the foundation of... Read more >
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Thousand Cranes

Written by Yasunari Kawabata


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 26, 1996
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76265-2 (0-679-76265-5)

With a restraint that barely conceals the ferocity of his characters' passions, one of Japan's great postwar novelists tells the luminous story of Kikuji and the tea party he attends with Mrs. Ota, the rival of his dead father's mistress. A tale of desire, regret, and sensual nostalgia, every gesture has... Read more >
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Bat-Manga! (Limited Hardcover Edition)
The Secret History of Batman in Japan
Written by Chip Kidd


Format: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: October 28, 2008
Price: $60.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-42545-5 (0-375-42545-4)

The two hottest genres in comics gleefully collide head-on, as the most beloved American superhero gets the coolest Japanese manga makeover ever.

In 1966, during the height of the first Batman craze, a weekly Japanese manga anthology for boys, Shonen King, licensed the rights to commission its own Batman and Robin... Read more >

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Bat-Manga!
The Secret History of Batman in Japan
Written by Chip Kidd


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: October 28, 2008
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-71484-9 (0-375-71484-7)

The two hottest genres in comics gleefully collide head-on, as the most beloved American superhero gets the coolest Japanese manga makeover ever.

In 1966, during the height of the first Batman craze, a weekly Japanese manga anthology for boys, Shonen King, licensed the rights to commission its own Batman and Robin... Read more >

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Grotesque

Written by Natsuo Kirino


Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 12, 2008
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9659-6 (1-4000-9659-6)

Life at the prestigious Q High School for Girls in Tokyo exists on a precise social axis: a world of insiders and outsiders, of haves and have-nots. Beautiful Yuriko and her unpopular, unnamed sister exist in different spheres; the hopelessly awkward Kazue Sato floats around among them, trying to fit in.Years... Read more >
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Out
A Novel
Written by Natsuo Kirino


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 4, 2005
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7837-0 (1-4000-7837-7)

Nothing in Japanese literature prepares us for the stark, tension-filled, plot-driven realism of Natsuo Kirino’s award-winning literary mystery Out.

This mesmerizing novel tells the story of a brutal murder in the staid Tokyo suburbs, as a young mother who works the night shift making boxed lunches strangles her abusive husband and then... Read more >

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Real World

Written by Natsuo Kirino


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 14, 2009
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-38748-6 (0-307-38748-8)

In a crowded Tokyo suburb, four teenage girls indifferently wade their way through a hot, smoggy summer. When one of them, Toshi, discovers that her nextdoor neighbor has been brutally murdered, the girls suspect the killer is the neighbor's son. But when he flees, taking Toshi's bike and cell phone with... Read more >
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March Was Made of Yarn
Reflections on the Japanese Earthquake, Tsunami, and Nuclear Meltdown
Edited by Elmer Luke and David Karashima


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 6, 2012
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-94886-1 (0-307-94886-2)

In time for the one year anniversary of the 2011 earthquake in Japan, a collection of essays and stories by Japanese writers on the devastating disaster, its aftermath, and the resolve of a people to rebuild.

On March 11, 2011, a massive earthquake occurred off the northeastern coast of Japan, triggering a... Read more >
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Inspector Imanishi Investigates

Written by Seicho Matsumoto


Format: Trade Paperback, 313 pages
Publisher: Soho Crime
On Sale: July 1, 2003
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-56947-019-0 (1-56947-019-7)

The corpse of an unknown provincial is discovered under the rails of a train in a Tokyo station, and Detective Imanishi is assigned to the case. Read more >
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After the Banquet

Written by Yukio Mishima


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 22, 1999
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70515-1 (0-375-70515-5)

In After the Banquet, Mishima draws a portrait of a marriage in which lofty principles clash fatally with appetite and ambition. For years Kazu has run her fashionable restaurant with a combination of charm and shrewdness. But when the middle-aged entrepreneur falls in love with one of her clients, an aristocratic... Read more >

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The Decay of the Angel
The Sea of Fertility, 4
Written by Yukio Mishima
Translated by Edward G. Seidensticker


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 14, 1990
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-72243-4 (0-679-72243-2)

The last novel of Mishima's landmark tetralogy, The Sea of Fertility, The Decay of the Angel, set in 1960s Japan, brings together the dominant themes of the three previous novels: the meaning of decay of Japan's courtly tradition and samurai ideal; the essence and value of Buddhist philosophy and aesthetics; and... Read more >
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Forbidden Colors

Written by Yukio Mishima
Translated by Alfred H. Marks


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 22, 1999
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70516-8 (0-375-70516-3)

From one of Japan's greatest modern writers comes an exquisitely disturbing novel of sexual combat and concealed passion, a work that distills beauty, longing, and loathing into an intoxicating tale. An aging, embittered novelist sets out to avenge himself on the women who have betrayed him. He finds the perfect instrument... Read more >

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Runaway Horses
The Sea of Fertility, 2
Written by Yukio Mishima


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 14, 1990
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-72240-3 (0-679-72240-8)

The second novel of Mishima's landmark tetralogy, The Sea of Fertility, Runaway Horses is the chronicle of a conspiracy, a novel about the roots and nature of Japanese fanaticism in the years that led to war--an era marked by depression, the upheaval of radical social change, political violence, and assassination.

Isao... Read more >
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The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea

Written by Yukio Mishima
Translated by John Nathan


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 31, 1994
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75015-4 (0-679-75015-0)

Mishima tells of a band of savage thirteen-year-old boys who reject the adult world as illusory, hypocritical, and sentimental, and train themselves in a brutal callousness they call "objectivity." When the mother of one of the boys begins an affair with a ship's officer, he and his friends idealize the man... Read more >

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The Sound of Waves

Written by Yukio Mishima
Translated by Meredith Weatherby


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 4, 1994
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75268-4 (0-679-75268-4)

Set in a remote fishing village in Japan, The Sound of Waves is a timeless story of first love. It tells of Shinji, a young fisherman, and Hatsue, the beautiful daughter of the richest man in the village. They fall in love, but must then endure the calumny and gossip of... Read more >
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Spring Snow
The Sea of Fertility, 1
Written by Yukio Mishima


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 14, 1990
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-72241-0 (0-679-72241-6)

The first novel of Mishima's landmark tetralogy, The Sea of Fertility, Spring Snow is set in Tokyo in 1912, when the hermetic world of the ancient aristocracy is being breached for the first time by outsiders--rich provincial families unburdened by tradition, whose money and vitality make them formidable contenders for social... Read more >
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The Temple of Dawn
The Sea of Fertility, 3
Written by Yukio Mishima


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 14, 1990
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-72242-7 (0-679-72242-4)

The third novel of Mishima's landmark tetralogy, The Sea of Fertility, this is the story of one man's obsessive pursuit of a beautiful woman and his equally search for enlightenment. The Temple of Dawn powerfully dramatizes the Japanese experience from the eve of World War II through the postwar era.

"Mishima is... Read more >
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The Temple of the Golden Pavilion

Written by Yukio Mishima
Translated by Estate of Ivan Morris


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 4, 1994
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75270-7 (0-679-75270-6)

Translated from the Japanese by Ivan Morris. Traumatized as a child by seeing his mother make love to another man in the presence of his dying father, Mizoguchi becomes a hopeless stutterer. Taunted by his schoolmates, he feels utterly alone until he becomes an acolyte at a famous temple in Kyoto... Read more >
Also available as a hardcover.

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Thirst for Love

Written by Yukio Mishima


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 22, 1999
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70507-6 (0-375-70507-4)

Sexual torment, jealousy, and impossible-to-resolve longing, Mishima's Thirst for Love is a portrait of the corrosive power of frustrated desire.  The protaganist is Etsuko, a young widow whose philandering husband died horribly from typhoid.  After moving into the house of her father-in-law, her misery deepens as she numbly submits to the old man's... Read more >

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Ghostwritten

Written by David Mitchell


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 9, 2001
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-72450-3 (0-375-72450-8)

David Mitchell’s electrifying debut novel takes readers on a mesmerizing trek across a world of human experience through a series of ingeniously linked narratives.

Oblivious to the bizarre ways in which their lives intersect, nine characters—a terrorist in Okinawa, a record-shop clerk in Tokyo, a money-laundering British financier in Hong Kong... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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1Q84

Written by Haruki Murakami
Translated by Jay Rubin and Philip Gabriel


Format: Hardcover, 944 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 25, 2011
Price: $30.50
ISBN: 978-0-307-59331-3 (0-307-59331-2)

The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver’s enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 —“Q is for ‘question mark.’ A world that bears... Read more >
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