3 Japanese authors you NEED to read!

Natsuo Kirino

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Natsuo Kirino is a female author for crime thrillers. I’m generally not interested in that type of genre, but Natsuo Kirino is a master in her craft, and draws you into the terrifying worlds she creates. The storyline is sharp, intriguing and you spend most of the time wondering how the heck these characters are going to get out of these horrible situations.

     I recommend starting with Out, just because it was published before the others. The storyline is incredible and for those (like me) that are huge fans of anything Asian, then you’ll love this book and the way you get to immerse yourself into the japanese culture and world.

Storyline:Four women work in a factory. One day, one of them murders her husband and asks the other three for help. They accept and decide to get rid of the body. (Awesome gruesome scene of them chopping the body up in the bathroom). The story follows how each of these women deal with what they’ve done and the consequences of their actions.

Haruki Murakami

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Haruki Murakami is one of my favorite japanese authors. Why? Honestly, I’m not even sure myself. His novels are so complex and unique, it is something quite different to any other novels I’ve read. He takes such a simple storyline and makes it completely different and unusual to how you would expect it to play out. Some of his novels are more complicated to understand (due to the amount of symbolisms he uses) whilst others remain more simple (if you can consider simple a word in Murakami’s vocab). I would recommend starting off with Norwegian Wood, if you haven’t read any other novels by him. It’s a romance novel but not in the traditional way. It speaks of so much more than just the typical boy meets girl and they fall in love. The story talks about so many types of emotions and fears, especially at that age, and the way life works in general.

Koushun Takami

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What can I say about this book? It is plainly the definition of awesome and epic. If you’ve ever heard of the Hunger Games, then you need to know about this book. Whether you’re a fan or not of the Hunger Games, you definitely need to read this novel! Koushun Takami creates a terrifying world that sucks you right in and then spins you around like a tornado and makes you want to scream as if you were on a roller coaster!

The storyline follows a group of students from class B, Shiroiwa Junior High School, that are on a school trip. They are kidnapped and placed on an island where they are told that they have entered a game called Battle Royale where they must kill each other until only one survives.

This story really makes you dwell on human instincts, the desire to live, and what we humans are capable of in order to survive. It also talks about friendship, love and fear. So many powerful emotions are depicted in this smashing novel that it will make you cry, laugh and fear for these characters.

If there’s any other japanese authors you’ve enjoyed, please leave a comment! Or recommend a book! What international authors do you enjoy reading?

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5 thoughts on “3 Japanese authors you NEED to read!

  1. I love Haruki Murakami! Recently bought ‘The Strange Library’ and although it was more a short story or fable it was a really cool reading experience. Visually it was amazing!

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    • Haruki Murakami is such a great writer! I read After Dark at university and actually didn’t enjoy it, but then re-read it for an assignment and ended up understanding the symbolism Murakami uses in his books… haven’t stopped reading his book since!

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