Book List

Japanese Fiction in English Translation by Author

This list includes only novels written for adults for the simple reason that the corpus of Japanese literature is just too expansive. You won’t find plays, poems, manga, light novels, children’s books, or books clearly written for a young adult audience.

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And if you’re looking for books for kids or young adults, take a look at the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

Anthologies of Japanese Literature

Murasaki Shikibu, one of the world’s first novelists

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