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I am crazy about Japanese books. It started way back with Yukio Mishima and the Sea of Fertility Cycle with begins with the brilliant Spring Snow. I've read Murakami and his work, and some of the classic Japanese authors like Kawabata and Ogai. I have also some contemporary writers like the explosive Amy Yamada or the brilliant Natsuo Kirino and her dark book Out and Grotesque.

I suppose I feel like I should be more active in reading world literature, but for some reason I am taken by the Japanese writers and (to be fair) a Chinese writers along the way. I've read some great books from other parts of the world, but they kind of stand alone. I wonder if other readers are exploring world literature? Where have you found some good reading. I have now become a Japanese fiction junkie gobbling up books like Parasite Eve by Hideaki Sena, Banana Yoshimoto and more. Would love to hear what part of the world inspires you. If anyone needs Japanese or Chinese reading suggestions let me know. Right now I am reading The Pearl Jacket and Other Stories: Flash Fiction from Contempary China edited by Shouhua Qi. Some good stuff out there.

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A kindred spirit!

Hey Ron, I read everything, but two names jumped off the screen at me: Banana Yoshimoto and Haruki Murakami. Wonderful writers. I've read "kitchen", "Lizard", "amrita", and "Norwegian Wood". "Kafka on the Shore" is next in line after I finish my book club read of "The Friday Night Knitting Club". I'll be on the lookout for the other names and books you mentioned. Do you have a recommended list so that I can sink my fangs into your reading arteries?