These 10 great novels carefully crafted by The Guardian – featuring Murakami and Murata – uncover the mystery of Japan in a way ‘documentarists about families living with robots’ never will.

These books speak for a Japan that is often spoken for and about, and speculated about by others; they speak for its history as it unfolded, for its culture as it is practised and its society as lived in and fought against.


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