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“Restraint, sensitivity, and generous humor.”—The Japan Times Tokyo is far more than streets and skyscrapers full of gray-suited businessmen, super-trendy teenagers, and schoolgirls in sailor-suit uniforms. Five of Japan’s most popular contemporary fiction writers—Ryuji Morita, Tomomi Muramatsu, Mariko Hayashi, Makoto Shiina, and Chiya Fujino—present their vision of life in “Restraint, sensitivity, and generous humor.”—The Japan Times Tokyo is far more than streets and skyscrapers full of gray-suited businessmen, super-trendy teenagers, and schoolgirls in sailor-suit uniforms. Five of Japan’s most popular contemporary fiction writers—Ryuji Morita, Tomomi Muramatsu, Mariko Hayashi, Makoto Shiina, and Chiya Fujino—present their vision of life in different quarters of Japan’s capital. From Tokyo’s mean streets to its bars and elegant cafes, here are stories that measure the pulse of the city while dissecting its heart. These five stories break down the metropolis into fragments of experience that anyone can relate to and enjoy. It is also the chance to sample these leading Japanese authors whose work has never before appeared in English.


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“Restraint, sensitivity, and generous humor.”—The Japan Times Tokyo is far more than streets and skyscrapers full of gray-suited businessmen, super-trendy teenagers, and schoolgirls in sailor-suit uniforms. Five of Japan’s most popular contemporary fiction writers—Ryuji Morita, Tomomi Muramatsu, Mariko Hayashi, Makoto Shiina, and Chiya Fujino—present their vision of life in “Restraint, sensitivity, and generous humor.”—The Japan Times Tokyo is far more than streets and skyscrapers full of gray-suited businessmen, super-trendy teenagers, and schoolgirls in sailor-suit uniforms. Five of Japan’s most popular contemporary fiction writers—Ryuji Morita, Tomomi Muramatsu, Mariko Hayashi, Makoto Shiina, and Chiya Fujino—present their vision of life in different quarters of Japan’s capital. From Tokyo’s mean streets to its bars and elegant cafes, here are stories that measure the pulse of the city while dissecting its heart. These five stories break down the metropolis into fragments of experience that anyone can relate to and enjoy. It is also the chance to sample these leading Japanese authors whose work has never before appeared in English.

30 review for Tokyo Fragments: Short Stories of Modern Tokyo by Five of Japan's Leading Contemporary Writers

  1. 4 out of 5

    Maria Ella

    I love the works of Ryuji Morita and of Makoto Shiina. For me, it infuses the other side of Tokyo: of some hidden tales of Shinjuku and of Ginza.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Aliks Pendragon

    est-ce que ça étonne quelqu'un si ma nouvelle favorite est écrite par une femme ? (non) est-ce que ça étonne quelqu'un si ma nouvelle favorite est écrite par une femme ? (non)

  3. 5 out of 5

    Elysia

    Des nouvelles dont je qualifierais la plupart de "good weird" car elles sont surprenantes et intéressantes. Seule la nouvelle "Les Fruits de Shinjuku" m'a paru moins agréable que le reste. Les nouvelles Une ménagère au poste de police de Fujino Chiya et La tente jaune sur le toit de Shiina Makoto sont mes préférées. J'ai maintenant bien envie de découvrir d'autres écrits de ces deux-là. Mention spéciale au chiot et à Yoshiko. Des nouvelles dont je qualifierais la plupart de "good weird" car elles sont surprenantes et intéressantes. Seule la nouvelle "Les Fruits de Shinjuku" m'a paru moins agréable que le reste. Les nouvelles Une ménagère au poste de police de Fujino Chiya et La tente jaune sur le toit de Shiina Makoto sont mes préférées. J'ai maintenant bien envie de découvrir d'autres écrits de ces deux-là. Mention spéciale au chiot et à Yoshiko.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Alice

    J'ai préféré : Amants pour un an Une ménagère au poste de police La Tente jaune sur le toit Moins les deux autres (Yumeko, Les Fruits de Shinjuku), mais cela reste globalement une bonne lecture. J'ai préféré : Amants pour un an Une ménagère au poste de police La Tente jaune sur le toit Moins les deux autres (Yumeko, Les Fruits de Shinjuku), mais cela reste globalement une bonne lecture.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jean-Gui Sunglasses

    Sympa mais jamais fortement prenant.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Tenma

    A nice collection of 5 short stories by different authors, each having a unique Tokyo neighborhood as backdrop. Overall 3.5 stars.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Marie Poppins

    Surprenant mais les nouvelles sont inégales, et certaines n'ont pas fait sens pour moi. Je garde néanmoins de l'ensemble une impression agréable et assez fraîche ! Surprenant mais les nouvelles sont inégales, et certaines n'ont pas fait sens pour moi. Je garde néanmoins de l'ensemble une impression agréable et assez fraîche !

  8. 4 out of 5

    Brittany

    I'm not quite certain if it's worth the $20 I paid for the hardcover, as all that is contained here is five short stories by five different authors. Surely, they stand out on their own, and it is a nice opportunity to read authors that have not had anything published in English as of yet, but none of the pieces really stood out as exemplary. I'm not quite certain if it's worth the $20 I paid for the hardcover, as all that is contained here is five short stories by five different authors. Surely, they stand out on their own, and it is a nice opportunity to read authors that have not had anything published in English as of yet, but none of the pieces really stood out as exemplary.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Asuka Y

    林真理子の小説に関していうと、なかなか私の中ではいいストーリーだったと思っている。というのも、毎回林真理子の小説を読むたびになにか恋愛に関して勉強になることが多いのだが、今回はもうノートをとりたいくらいのいい教訓が入っていたと思う。 男も女も結局は寂しいから一緒にいるだけで、追い追われの関係だと思っていてもやっぱりみんな惨めなんだ、って。 私自身もなんだかそういう状況にあったからこそ、いろいろと学んだと思えるのかもしれない。林真理子の本というのは、その都度小説内に出てくる教訓に実感がわかないと、いい物語だと思えないのが難点だが、それにしてもこの人は恋愛をよく知っていると、思わせる一作だった。

  10. 5 out of 5

    Azumi

    i lived in tokyo myself for a year. each different authors describing tokyo's life and people well. if you once lived there, you know that feeling. that's kind of book. i felt tokyo in this book. ...its not a tokyo from traveling guide, its real tokyo people actually live in. i lived in tokyo myself for a year. each different authors describing tokyo's life and people well. if you once lived there, you know that feeling. that's kind of book. i felt tokyo in this book. ...its not a tokyo from traveling guide, its real tokyo people actually live in.

  11. 4 out of 5

    M.

    5 short stories from previously untranslated Japanese authors, written especially about Tokyo for the compilation of the book. I couldn't truthfully say, but the translation for these stories seemed lacking. Or maybe the stories were lacking to begin with. :/ 5 short stories from previously untranslated Japanese authors, written especially about Tokyo for the compilation of the book. I couldn't truthfully say, but the translation for these stories seemed lacking. Or maybe the stories were lacking to begin with. :/

  12. 5 out of 5

    Mistymoon

    A bunch of life's fragment in this electric city... Sadness, lonelyness, lost souls... A city where people are alone among the crowd. Touching. A bunch of life's fragment in this electric city... Sadness, lonelyness, lost souls... A city where people are alone among the crowd. Touching.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Mari

    It was an okay read but I definitely wouldn't recommend this to anyone as an introduction to contemporary Japanese authors. It was an okay read but I definitely wouldn't recommend this to anyone as an introduction to contemporary Japanese authors.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Diane.Bou

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kevin Dio

  16. 4 out of 5

    Garrett

  17. 4 out of 5

    Rui Chan

  18. 5 out of 5

    Chihiro

  19. 5 out of 5

    Matilda

  20. 4 out of 5

    Katsandrya

  21. 5 out of 5

    Mimi

    Great prose and interesting stories all around here.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ines

  23. 5 out of 5

    claire - joanna

  24. 4 out of 5

    Noyuri

  25. 4 out of 5

    Lloyd Williams

  26. 4 out of 5

    Marie-Laure

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kamihana Shi

  28. 5 out of 5

    Stational

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lili VI

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ana

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