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One Poem by Shinkichi Takahashi
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With severed gills and heads, the sea bream—lives spent / in a lacquered wooden bowl, waiting / on the sullied hands of men—in example / of The Resurrection of Christ, wake from death.

A World Without the Present: on Yoko Tawada’s The Emissary by J.W. McCormack
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The novelist’s latest imagines an apocalypse that feels all too likely.

Haruki Murakami’s Sputnik Sweetheart by William Cohen

Haruki Murakami combines love, pain and the profoundly weird in his novel Sputnik Sweetheart.

Haruki Murakami’s Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Robert Polito
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From his earliest spare fictions, Hear the Wind Sing and Norwegian Wood, through his recent, steadily more baroque and textured novels, A Wild Sheep ChaseHard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, and Dance Dance Dance, Haruki Murakami nudged contemporary realism into fable…

Haruki Murakami by John Wesley Harding
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Murakami’s expert manipulation of the mundane into the magical has made him one of the most ubiquitous voices in contemporary fiction.

Five Poems by Ryûsei Hasegawa
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A Tale of the Squid Falling Night

          I. In one section of the sea, only there,

Three Poems by Mutsuo Takahashi
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We, the Zipangu1 People

The island, draped in golden clouds,

Four Poems by Kazuko Shiraishi

My Tokyo

like the Lord Buddha almost sitting in this city

Four Poems by Gozo Yoshimasu

Shiva, Shiba

The man-made lake had swallowed the whole family and is shining,

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