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Women, late-in-life new authors expand Japanese literature

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By ALEX BARREIRA

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Glad to hear there's a "mini-boom" going on in Japanese-English translations, because for a while there it didn't seem like much was happening, at least not that I knew of. I've never really cared for Murakami, apart from his brilliant non-fiction book about the Aum Shinrikyo sarin attacks.

Convenience Store Woman is such a fabulous read, genuinely original and fresh, I hope many more people read it. I'm waiting for someone to get a movie of it going. Hiromi Kawakami's Manazuru, entirely different, also great.

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Write on ladies.

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"There's freshness there that doesn't make the bestselling list."

The same is as true in the US, Ms. Tsugawa. Many voices aren't being heard, and what is accepted as good or "salable" is equally narrow and stereotyped.

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