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"Filling up with sugar - what a lovely way to die!"

This is a celebration of the Japanese short story from its modern origins in the nineteenth century to remarkable contemporary works. It includes the most well-known Japanese writers - Akutagawa, Murakami, Mishima, Kawabata - but also many surprising new pieces, from Yuko Tsushima's 'Flames' to Banana Yoshimoto's 'Bee Honey'. Ranging over myth, horror, love, nature, modern life, a diabolical painting, a cow with a human face and a woman who turns into sugar, The Penguin Book of Japanese Short Stories is filled with fear, charm, beauty and comedy.

Featuring stories about

  • Japan and the West
  • Loyal Warriors
  • Men and Women
  • Nature and Memory
  • Modern Life and Other Nonsense
  • Dread
  • Disasters, Natural and Man-made

"A feast of literature, a smorgasbord of over 30 widely varied modern Japanese writers... Each lodges itself in memory... Penguins' new anthology is a literature lover's dream, page after page of memorable writing, stories that leave a lasting impression yet can be fully absorbed in one sitting" - Kris Kosaka, Japan Times