Tuesday, October 30, 2012

New & Noteworthy Asian Fiction

"Author Amy Tan created her own subgenre of popular literature back in the late 1980s (sweeping, semi-autobiographical stories of family, loyalty and love set in various Asian times and cultures), beginning with The Joy Luck Club and The Kitchen God’s Wife. More recently, Lisa See has carried the torch with Snowflower and the Secret Fan and Peony in Love," BookPage declared back in 2009.  Others authors such as Gail TsukiyamaSamuel Park, & Eugenia Kim have also followed in this tradition. Reading a novel by an Asian-American author is often an enjoyable way to immerse yourself in Asian cultures, but to get the full flavor of Asian culture, we recommend excursions into fiction by Asian authors, albeit in translation.  Inspired by this year's Nobel Prize for Literature winner, Mo Yan, here are some of the latest titles in the catalog from Asian authors!


The Bathing Women by Tie Ning

Dream of Ding Village by Yan Lianke


The Thief by Fuminori Nakamura

1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

The Lake by Banana Yoshimoto


The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng

South Korea

Please Look After Mom by Kyung-sook Shin


Narcopolis by Jeet Thayil

Last Man in Tower by Aravind Adiga

The Artist of Disappearance: Three Novellas by Anita Desai

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