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2021 – reading list – II –

Fara indoiala recordul timpurilor recente; mi-am inceput anul cu gandul de o luna de literatura japoneza, apoi cate o luna dedicata literaturii altor taramuri, cu speranta – la care inca nu am renuntat – de a reciti Contele de Monte Cristo; am sfarsit prin a dedica intregul an literaturii nipone, iar ceea ce nu este specific, a fost citit in paralel.
Am hotarat sa imi extind decizia – nu numai pentru ca mai am carti necitite, dar si pentru ca as vrea sa mai trec o data printre autori si sa incerc aceleasi carti, si altele, in traduceri in alte limbi; am constatat, de exemplu, ca as gasi in italiana si franceza o multime de carti, netraduse inca in engleza sau romana.

De asemenea, mi-am setat challengul pentru 39 de carti anul acesta, incercand sa prioritizez testul JLPT N5 – japanese language proficiency test; vom vedea daca ma tine. Ma indoiesc.

Cartea preferata? imi este putin imposibil. Ma gandesc sa incerc un top pe luni, si, astfel restranse, un soi de top general.

Stiu insa, ca Yoko Ogawa si Banana Yoshimoto au devenit scriitoarele mele preferate – alaturi de – pentru totdeauna – Marguerite Duras; Hiromi Kawakami are o paleta stilistica precum un curcubeu, iar ”in record of a night too brief” m-am simtit atat de aproape de Boris (Vian) cum n-am mai fost de ani.
Kawabata, Mishima si Soseki au o adiere care simti ca vine de demult, acea tristete indescriptibila care sfasaie sufletul. Cred ca singurele scrieri care mi-au adus aceeasi intensitate a sentimentelor au fost sweet bean paste/ travelling cat chronicles/ the housekeeper and the professor.
Keigo Higashino este mereu o delectare detectivistica, insa, ”miracles of the namiya general store” a fost un roman atat de atipic lui, si atat de magic si iscusit construit, incat simt ca, desi ”cu ochiii larg deschisi”, l-am citit cu sufletul, si am convingerea ca si-a scris cartea sub atingerea starii de gratie.

Am trait un an absolut minunat, iar recunostinta pentru incantarile literare prin care am trecut este de o intensitate coplesitoare. Multumesc lor, scriitorilor, lor, traducatorilor, si existentei cuvintelor, sensurilor si imaginarului care imi aduc atat de multa fericire si viata… Uneori, binecuvantarea este in forma de carti…

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2021 – reading list – I –

1. ikigai – yukari mitsuhashi
2. kaizen – sarah harvey
3. zen – shunmyo masuno
4. before the coffee gets cold – toshikazu kawaguci
5. before the coffee gets cold. tales fom the case – toshikazu kawaguci
6. the housekeeper and the professor – yoko ogawa
7. the forest of wool and steel – natsu miyashita
8. peope from my neighbourhood – hiromi kawakami
9. the guest cat – takashi hiraide
10. dandelions – yasunari kawabata
11. colorless tsukuru tazari – haruki murakami
12. the travelling cat chronicles – hiro arikawa
13. men without women – haruki murakami
14. six four – hideo yokoyama
15. a quiet place – seicho matsumoto
16. convenience store woman – sayaka murata
17. desire – haruki murakami
18. sweet bean paste – durian sukegawa
19. japonisme – erin niimi longhurst
20. seventeen – hideo yokoyama
21. the aosawa murders – riku onda
22. moshi moshi – banana yoshimoto
23. confessions – kanae minato
24. hotel iris – yoko ogawa
25. the diving pool – yoko ogawa
26. revenge – yoko ogawa
27. the memory police – yoko ogawa
28. territory of light – yoko tsushima
29. the waiting years – fumiko enchi
30. ms ice sandwich – mieko kawakami
31. the greatest secret – rhonda byrne
32. of dogs and walls – yuko tsushinna
33. penance – kanae minato
34. picnic in the storm – yukiko motoya
35. slow boat – hideo furukawa
36. spring garden – tomoka shibasaki
37. record of a night too brief – hiromi kawakami
38. the ten loves of mr nishino – hiromi kawakami
39. the nakami thrift shop – hiromi kawakami
40. strange weather in tokyo – hiromi kawakami
41. the book of tokyo
42. build a brand in 365 days – simon middleton
43. at the end of the matinee – keiichiro hirano
44. the 1-page marketing plan – allan dib
45. suspine tandre – yoko ogawa
46. one hundred poets/ classical japanese verse
47. the penguin book of japanese verse
48. inotand cu elefantul in brate cu pisica – yoko ogawa
49. nocturnes. five stories of music and nightfall – kazuo ishiguro
50. a pale view of the hills – kazuo ishiguro
51. blithe spirit/ journal of the british haiku society – vol 31 no 1
52. the master key – masako togawa
53. blithe spirit/ journal of the british haiku society – vol 31 no 2
54. the lady killer – masako togawa
55. japanese ghost stories – lafcadio hearn
56. kokoro – natsume soseki – engl
57. kokoro – natsume soseki – fra
58. journey under the midnight sun – keigo higashino
59. malice – keigo higashino
60. new comer – keigo higashino
61. the devotion of the suspect X – keigo higashino
62. salvation of a saint – keigo higashino
63. a midsummer’s equation – keigo higashino
64. the silent dead – tetsuya honda
65. soul cage – tetsuya honda
66. the patient – jasper dewitt
67. short stories in japanese parallel text – michael emmerich
68. why the fck can’t I change – dr gabija toleikyte
69. the woman in purple skirt – natsuko imamura
70. botchan – natsume soseki
71. the curious ape – sean stuart
72. pelinul negru – ioana nicolaie
73. sanshiro – natsume soseki
74. first person singular – haruki murakami
75. lomografii – ioana nicolaie
76. the elephant vanishes – haruki murakami
77. jurnal de la 16 ani. adolescentul – yasunari kawabata
78. the cat and the city – nick bradley
79. tumultul valurilor – yukio mishima
80. the man who died twice – richard osman
81. dupa banchet – yukio mishima
82. the penguin book of haiku – adam k kern
83. kusakamura – natsume soseki
84. the gate – natsume soseki
85. the cat who saved books – sosuke natsukawa
86. the woman in the white kimono – anna johns
87. there’s no thing as an easy job – kikuko tsumura
88. japanese death poems
89. if cats disappeared from the world – genki kawamura
90. travels with a writing brush
91. new japanese voices
92. silent parade – keigo higashino
93. miracles of the namiya general store – keigo higashino
94. temple – british haiku society anthology
95. the village of eight graves – seishi yokomizo
96. blithe spirit/ journal of the british haiku society – vol 31 no 3
97. blithe spirit/ journal of the british haiku society – vol 31 no 4
98. inspector imanishi investigates – seicho matsumoto
99. lonely castle in the mirror – mizuki tsujimura
100. kitchen – banana yoshimoto
101. essays in idleness – kenko & chomei