I need to cut down the number of novels I’m reading simultaneously. Three is too many.
I would absolutely love to but like Belthazar I probably need a month or two to clear out some of the stuff I’m currently reading. If we started May/June I could probably swing it.
I’d also be down to participate in any Murata book. Earthlings is also excellent, possibly even better than コンビニ, but might we put it up to a poll for our next choice?
I will first read 魔女の宅急便 (Kiki’s Delivery Service) with the help of the [repeat] book club here.
I would definitely join. I haven’t read any of her other novels yet. 地球星人 sounds great.
In case anyone’s interested, following Sayaka Murata’s books are now 50% points back for Kindle:
An excellent suggestion! Thanks to @Aislin we already have a nice list:
I think it would also be good to know which of these works have been translated, because it can make it a bit easier to figure out the trickier passages. There is Earthlings (地球星人) and also a few short stories (A Clean Marriage, 清潔な結婚, which features in 殺人出産; and Lover on the Breeze, which I am having trouble tracking down, and Faith, which I am also having trouble tracking down).
Does anyone know of any other translations?
Her Wikipedia page only lists two short stories, and Earthlings and Konbini as translated works, so maybe there aren’t any others?
Faith isn’t listed on Wikipedia, but it’s available in English for free on Granta’s website:
Faith | Sayaka Murata | Granta
(I linked it in the post with the table, actually )
Lover on the Breeze: there is a link to the pdf with a translation on Murata’s wikipedia (under References, 18). It was a charity project and while it was supposed to be a fundraiser for the 2011 earthquake, it seems it’s still fine to share it?
From the pdf itself (page 18):
PDF files of all the stories in this collection will be available to download from the website until March 2012. Sending these PDFs to third parties via e-mail, and posting the URLs to third-party sites, is permitted. (though Waseda Bungakuwill take no responsibility for the content of such third-party sites). However, reproduction, in whole or in part, of the data on these PDFs in any printed media by any unauthorized third parties is strictly prohibited. Data alteration is likewise strictly prohibited. We hope that after reading these texts you will choose to make a donation to the Red Cross in Japan (details below) or in your country or to another charity supporting disaster relief.
As for the table, I also wanted to mention that pages are from paperback versions up to Konbini, and then from hardcovers, because at the moment of creating the table, there were only hardcovers available for the last 4.
地球星人 got a paperback version just a few days ago (March 27) and while it’s 246 pages for hardcover, it’s 336 in paperback.
Somehow related: from her instagram:
What I meant when I said I couldn’t track it down, was that I wasn’t sure what the Japanese title is, so where I would buy the original Japanese text. Same goes for Lover on the Breeze.
Ooph, that is quite the difference!
On her Japanese wikipedia there is 信仰, which I suspect for being Faith.
But it’s not yet included in any book, only in a magazine:
Lover: I give up, I also have no idea.
As far as I can tell it seems to be かぜのこいびと and based on the table of contents it’s probably included as one of the stories in 生命式
I love the idea of doing a short story collection.
Let’s forget about Faith then and stick to the works in your table.
Here is a poll with those works. Amazon links for the sake of information. Please pick up to four books you’d be keen to read.
- 授乳 (240 pages)
- マウス (256 pages)
- ギンイロノウタ (284 pages)
- 星が吸う水 (240 pages)
- ハコブネ (224 pages)
- タダイマトビラ (229 pages)
- しろいろの街の、その骨の体温の (320 pages)
- 殺人出産 (208 pages, partial translation available)
- 消滅世界 (288 pages)
- 地球星人 (336 pages, full translation available)
- 生命式 (272 hardcover pages, partial translation available)
- 変半身（かわりみ）(176 hardcover pages)
- 丸の内魔法少女ミラクリーナ (216 hardcover pages)
I voted but I’m good with whatever people pick lmao. I’ve really enjoyed the discussions for コンビニ人間, so I’m sure whatever book gets chosen will be great!
Same, I’m basically down to read anything
Also the discussions were definitely more interesting than compared to books like Kiki (not a bad thing tho, since コンビニ人間 just allows for more discussions)
Then I think with the point back sale it’s a wise move to buy 殺人出産 now!
So I went ahead and did that. Now I have to remember next time to use my points because I totally forgot to use them now. ^^"
You just need to buy moar books
It’s such a nice marketing method, I really admire Bookwalker for creating this enormous suction with the sales and the coins
Yes, it seems everyone voted for 殺人出産 beside me and @mintyfresh , and in my case it just because I’ve already read it and mintyfresh said:
so. It’s a clear winner
I’m going to follow the threads anyway, but since I won’t be reading along, it will be harder for me to comment, because I won’t be sure which events already happened and such
I hope you’ll like it.