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Untold Night and Day

by Bae Suah

A seductive, disorienting novel that manipulates the fragile line between dreams and reality, by South Korea's leading contemporary writer

 

A startling and boundary-pushing novel, Untold Night and Day tells...


We, the Survivors

by Tash Aw

From the author of The Harmony Silk Factory and Five Star Billionaire, a compelling depiction of a man's act of violence, set against the backdrop of Asia in flux

Ah Hock is an ordinary man of simple means. Born...


Inhabitation

by Teru Miyamoto & Roger K. Thomas

  • Only this award-winning Japanese master’s second book in English (first one published by New Directions in 2009)
  • Inhabitation (In Japanese, HARU NO YUME) is a work that is frequently cited by Miyamoto enthusiasts,...

  • The Ten Loves of Nishino

    by Hiromi Kawakami & Allison Markin Powell

    Following The Nakano Thrift Shop, Hiromi Kawakami’s breakout success, comes a new novel full of charm, subtlety, and style by an author whose readership in Japan numbers in the millions.

    “If you like Haruki...


    Blood Sisters

    by Kim Yideum & Ji yoon Lee

    Kim Yideum has an international presence, having read at the Stockholm International Poetry Festival in 2014 and Biennale Internationale des Poètes en Val-de-Marne in 2015. She was a writer-in-residence at...


    If Cats Disappeared from the World

    by Genki Kawamura & Eric Selland

    The international phenomenon that has sold more than two million copies, If Cats Disappeared from the World is a heartwarming, funny, and profound meditation on the meaning of life.

    The young postman's days are...


    Territory of Light

    by Yuko Tsushima & Geraldine Harcourt

    From one of the most significant contemporary Japanese writers, a haunting, dazzling novel of loss and rebirth

    "Yuko Tsushima is one of the most important Japanese writers of her generation." --Foumiko Kometani,...


    The Day the Sun Died

    by Yan Lianke & Carlos Rojas

  • The Day the Sun Died was awarded the Dream of the Red Chamber Award, which is regarded as one of the most prestigious awards for Chinese-language novels

  • Yan was twice short-listed for the Man Booker International...

  • Farewell, My Orange

    by Iwaki Kei & Meredith McKinney

    Winner of the Kenzabur? ?e Prize

    Two immigrants, Salimah and Sayuri, navigate isolation, a new language, and devastating loss on their way to a lifelong friendship. Far from her native country of Nigeria and...


    Convenience Store Woman

    by Sayaka Murata & Ginny Tapley Takemori

  • Murata has been a huge runaway bestseller in Japan, one of the highest selling literary novels of recent years, selling 660,000 hardcovers to date. Convenience Store Woman won Japan’s most prestigious literary...

  • Masked Dolls

    by Chiung-Yu Shih, Xinlin Wang & Poppy Toland

    An Australian woman, burdened by the original sin of her Caucasian ancestors, and a Taiwanese woman, haunted by the memories of 100 years of conflict in her homeland, meet as backpackers while travelling in...


    Lion Cross Point

    by Masatsugu Ono & Angus Turvill

    A "Book You Should Read This April" at Literary Hub

    By the winner of the Akutagawa Prize, Japan's most prestigious literary award

    How does a shy, traumatized boy overcome the shame, anger, and sadness that silence...


    Manazuru

    by Hiromi Kawakami & Michael Emmerich

  • Kawakami is an author known and reviewed around the world
  • Manazuru received great praise when Counterpoint released it in 2010; the book already has reviews by Booklist, the Paris Review Daily, the Independent...

  • Strange Weather in Tokyo

    by Hiromi Kawakami & Allison Markin Powell

  • This is a reissue of a poetic, compact novel by celebrated Japanese author, Hiromi Kawakami (the original 2012 Counterpoint edition was titled The Briefcase (9781582435992); Strange Weather in Tokyo is the title...

  • Asleep

    by Banana Yoshimoto & Michael Emmerich

    Banana Yoshimoto’s novels have established her as one of Japan’s finest and most popular writers, and an acclaimed and best-selling literary star all over the world. Now she delivers three novellas that...


    The Impossible Fairy Tale

    by Han Yujoo & Janet Hong

    A chilling, wildly original novel from a major new voice from South Korea

    The Impossible Fairy Tale is the story of two unexceptional grade-school girls. Mia is "lucky"--she is spoiled by her mother and, as she...


    Frontier

    by Can Xue, Chen Zeping, Karen Gernant & Porochista Khakpour

    Though the story of Liujin, a young woman seeking a new kind of human freedom, Frontier attempts to unify the grand opposites of life--barbarism and civilization, the spiritual and the material, the mundane...


    Recitation

    by Suah Bae & Deborah Smith

    A mysterious actress turned wanderer shares her story with a nameless emigrant "chorus" in this novel exploring memory and personhood


    Moshi-Moshi: A Novel

    by Banana Yoshimoto & Asa Yoneda

    In Moshi-Moshi, Yoshie’s much-loved musician father has died in a suicide pact with an unknown woman. It is only when Yoshie and her mother move to Shimo-kitazawa, a traditional Tokyo neighborhood of narrow...


    The Explosion Chronicles: A Novel

    by Yan Lianke & Carlos Rojas

    Man Booker International finalist Yan Lianke has been lauded for his imaginative satire and insightful cultural critique as "one of China’s greatest living authors" (Guardian). His internationally bestselling...