Oriental/Far East authors - please reccomend

(10 Posts)
antimatter Fri 08-May-15 06:46:57

What authors and books from that part of the world can you recommend?

I read 4 books by Murakami last year and loved each of them (Norwegian Wood, Coloreless, 1Q84 and Kafka on the shore). I am going to read the rest of his books some time soon; his style writing suit me very well. I know some people on this forum don't like him.

I have 2 books by Banana Yoshimoto (Japanese) waiting for me.

I am currently reading Red Sorghum by Mo Yan (Chinese)
and really enjoying it.

This year read also 2 books by Ma Jian (Chinese) - The dark road and Red Dust: A Path Through China and have 2 more books by him on my shelf. I enjoyed both of his book and hope that (as he lives in London) one day to see him at some talk as his books made me understand recent Chinese history and society.

I read Pearl. S Bucks The good Earth and liked it.

I couldn't finish Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang - it just made me very sad and depressed.

Ruth Ozeki (she is half Japanese and half Canadian but I thought I will mention her here) enchanted me with A Tale for the Time Being.

DuchessofMalfi Fri 08-May-15 08:06:47

Have you read anything by Xinran? I read her NF collection of articles she wrote for The Guardian - What The Chinese Don't Eat, but she's also written fiction.

antimatter Fri 08-May-15 08:23:02

No I haven't but will look her up. Thanks!

highlandcoo Fri 08-May-15 11:40:56

Have a look at Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See.

Also The Makioka Sisters by Junichiro Tanizaki. Both really enjoyable.

Merrylegs Fri 08-May-15 11:46:45

Strange Weather in Tokyo by Hiromi Kawakami

mmack Fri 08-May-15 13:15:03

Death of a Red Heroine by Qui Xialong. It's a murder mystery set in Shanghai in 1990 and it has a lot in it about Chinese history, politics, culture and food as well as the crime. I really enjoyed it. Villain by Shuichi Yoshida and The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashiro are two very well-written Japanese thrillers.
If you don't like crime The Lost and Forgotten Languages of Shanghai by Ruiyan Xu is very good and The Housekeeper and The Professor by Yoko Ogawa is my favourite Japanese novel so far. I have Strange Weather in Tokyo on my wish list also. Norwegian Wood is the only Murakami book I've read so far and I was underwhelmed but plan to give him another chance.

JohnFarleysRuskin Fri 08-May-15 13:24:52

A personal matter by Kenzaburo Oe (a nobel prize winner) This moved me tremendously, although I read it before having kids: its about a young father's shock at having a son with brain damage. It's based loosely on Oe's own experience.

IndridCold Fri 08-May-15 16:22:47

Two Chinese-American writers, I liked. Amy Tan, I think the best is The Kitchen God's Wife. Also, Maxine Hong Kingston The Woman Warrior.

Chang-Rae Lee A Gesture Life.

I also second The Makioka Sisters, one of my favorite books.

A bit out of left field, Amelie Northomb's Fear and Trembling, a westerner' experience of working in a big Japanese company.

Dunlurking Tue 12-May-15 20:33:18

Thanks for this thread. Really looking forward to getting stuck into some of these.
Can I suggest trying the Malaysian Chinese author Tan Twan Eng, if you haven't tried him yet? The Garden of Evening Mists was shortlisted for the 2012 Booker, beautiful book. His other one is The Gift of Rain.

antimatter Wed 13-May-15 20:11:08

Quite few books by Lisa See on audible - got myself Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
also got Tan Twan Eng - The Garden of Evening Mists, A personal matter by Kenzaburo Oe (about birth of son with brain damage)

as expected - very few non-english speaking authors books are on audible

also found another Japanese Nobel Prize winner - Yasunari Kawabata and will read (in my case means listen smile) one of his books, perhaps Snow Country and will report here soon.

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