any modern asian writers i should check out?
any modern asian writers i should check out?
Falling into your wing while paragliding is called 'gift wrapping' and turns you into a dirt torpedo pic.twitter.com/oQFKsVISkI— Mental Videos (@MentalVids) March 15, 2023
Yoko Ogawa is okay.
Didn’t she break up the Beatles?
I liked The Vegeterian by Han Kang
Go through the Akutagawa Prize list and see what you find in translation. For instance this one is from the 80s and basically unknown:
Kiyohiro Miura - He's leaving Home
I just read this and it was based, so I’m interested to hear recommendations as well.
This book is top tier, I'm surprised LULZ doesn't talk about it more. Autists, wagies, incels, NEETs, it has it all.
Maybe it had something to do with how the reviews characterized it. Most of the reviewers didn't see the MC as an autist trying to live her best life and construed the character as a psychopath with blah blah blah feminism blah blah blah capitalism.
Yeah, I looked around at opinions and reviews a bit afterwards (which I try only ever to do after reading to have things ruined) and the media attention and framing have been pretty shit.
Anons, don't let the normie reviews deter you.
Even the aritcle in the pic does that (frames her entire existence as a writer as reacting against le patriarchy). Fuck, it describes Murata working in a convenience store as "toiling" and presents the fact that she kept doing it until a fan stalked her as a random factoid (i.e. instead of just admitting she did it because she liked it). The one scene described from the book is pic-related (top) and it's tied to the idea of misogyny for some reason. (I included the bottom excerpt because it's funny).
I wonder if that is genuinely the only interpretation they're capable of or if it's done in bad faith, pandering to their audience or maybe even tricking them into reading something worthwhile.
>(I included the bottom excerpt because it's funny).
Kek. I hope it's in her translated short stories collection, I'm going to read that one soon.
She makes it sound like she was a 35 yo femcel failure when in reality she was winning literary prizes in school. She was already a writer and it was just a day job.
She's a volcel turbo autist. The fact she's a woman/Jap masks it when it comes to Western audiences (in the same vein as someone being a complete retard but getting away with it because they have an English accent).
She did an interview with Louisiana Channel that’s on YouTube and she comes off in that obnoxious writer sort of way but it also doesn’t seem authentic so you might be right. Still, she was not like an aging socially awkward woman with no future working a shitty job. Like I said, she had won literary awards when she was a literature student, which makes her something of an accomplished writer already.
the recent one or the first one two years ago? i feel like the recent one suffers from the people who edit and film it, the first one was her just straight forward talking
The recent one where she talks about her stories being prayers. The whole narrative about herself seems so scripted and inauthentic. Maybe it’s true, but it doesn’t come off that way.
They both seem fine. She comes off far more eccentric than she does pretentious and the picture she draws is pretty funny. Also, like
is alluding toward: it's promotional material (and all of the questions guiding the interview have been editted out). My gf met her at work (writer's event) and told me she was really shy and didn't engage with anyone unless she was approached. The person running the event had to lead her around.
I think it comes off very fake.
i haven't watched the interviews but the autism or schizoidness or whatever it is in the books seems very real
I think her weirdness is authentic. I think the “oh when I was a kid I would write stories and they were prayers to kami-sama” is not. But what was actually inauthentic to me again, is that this was not some hopeless middle aged wagie, which is the impression I had. This was someone who was a successful writer pretty much right off the bat. Literature to me just feels so hyper-real and manufactured. It really triggers me when I catch a whiff of inauthenticity.
i think art in general can't be authentic. anyone with enough self-consciousness and contextual awareness to make art is already fucked. authenticity is for people who don't know the concept of authenticity.
I totally disagree with that. I think the best art is authentic. Authenticity might be a requirement to be considered art. Inauthentic “art” is in reality just a product.
Who said she was "some hopeless middle aged wagie?" They don't present her that way in the interviews, she briefly reflects on how she devoted herself to the job in a context that was likely baited in the question asked, and the Guardian article barely mentions it (after projecting it as toiling).
That was my impression of the book before reading it and how some anons presented it. It was like how Lovecraft is celebrated as a NEET.
>Real World (Natsuo Kirino)
>Revenge (Yoko Ogawa)
Both quick reads.
Seems like a garden variety interview/profile to me.
i think there is no way she is a pretending normie since a normie couldn't have written convenience store woman. or earthlings for that matter.
>tells her publisher she gets sleepy when she writes
>they tell her she can come in and write in their cafeteria
>she does, sits alone in it all day drawing weird violent pictures
>COVID hits and she can't come in anymore because of limits...
>so she cycles around cafes--specifically mentions the same breakfast she orders every day (i.e. they probably asked her the standard "what is your writing routine" question and she sperged about breakfast, kek)
>calmly says she sees herself as a "machine for producing novels" and discussions always come back to her being a lifelong loner with imaginary friends
She's just an autist.
Nothing about that is unusual.
Yeah, sitting alone in a cafeteria drawing violent pictures and describing your activities via depersonalization is perfectly normal. Same as continuing to work the wagiest of wagie jobs imaginable after you're already an internationally bestselling author.
imagining houellebeq stocking shelves at the local Spar out of habit decades into his writing career
That's what I said.
Maybe you should read Hegel.
Maybe your mother shouldn't have waited until her late 30s to get pregnant.
I bet you wear deodorant as conditioned like a dog to do so.
Would. She was fine as hell when she was young and doesn't look bad for being in her mid-40s.
Life Ceremony by the author in pic related. Not as good as Convenience Store Woman though.
In it's deranged way this is the only book that ever made having a job look remotely charming to me.
If some niche twitter internet celebrity posted this you'd call him based
its fake weirdness shes coping sour grapes saying she doesnt want a relationship shes not actually asexual and she is stolen valor wagie autist
Insufficient exposure to BWC. Always a tragedy.
>Quirky, deadpan, poinant, and quietly profound
what the fuck is up with reviewers saying shit like this? i feel like this exact description is on every single "popular" book nowadays. I would never ready anything with this on the cover
Regardless of what normalfags think, Konbini Ningen should resonate with most people who are posting on this website in some way since the question of "was it autism?" will be in your mind constantly for both of the main characters.