Malice: A Mystery

"This clever and unique secret is a real page-turner… will baffle, shock, and draw out suspicion till the ultimate few pages. With every one ebook, Higashino maintains to raise the trendy secret as an severe and creative literary form." ―Library Journal (starred overview)

"Fiendishly smart… Higashino deals one twist after one other… Readers will wonder on the crafty approach the plot builds to the solution." ―Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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Acclaimed bestselling novelist Kunihiko Hidaka is located brutally murdered in his domestic at the evening earlier than he is making plans to go away Japan and relocate to Vancouver. His physique is located in his place of work, a locked room, inside of his locked apartment, via his spouse and his ally, either one of whom have rock stable alibis. Or so it seems.

At the crime scene, Police Detective Kyochiro Kaga acknowledges Hidaka's ally, Osamu Nonoguchi. Years in the past after they have been either academics, they have been colleagues on the comparable public college. Kaga went directly to subscribe to the police strength whereas Nonoguchi finally left to turn into a full-time author, although with no longer approximately the good fortune of his buddy Hidaka.

As Kaga investigates, he finally uncovers facts that shows that the 2 writers' courting was once very assorted that they claimed, that they have been whatever yet most sensible acquaintances. however the query earlier than Kaga is not unavoidably who, or how, yet why. In a brilliantly learned story of cat and mouse, the detective and the killer conflict over the reality of the prior and the way occasions that resulted in the homicide rather spread out. And if Kaga isn't really in a position to discover and turn out why the homicide was once devoted, then the reality may possibly by no means pop out.

Malice is without doubt one of the bestselling―the so much acclaimed―novel in Keigo Higashino's sequence that includes police detective Kyochiro Kaga, probably the most renowned creations of the bestselling novelist in Asia.

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Japan and the Culture of the Four Seasons: Nature, Literature, and the Arts

By Haruo Shirane

Elegant representations of nature and the 4 seasons populate a variety of jap genres and media―from poetry and display portray to tea ceremonies, floral arrangements, and annual observances. In Japan and the Culture of the 4 Seasons, Haruo Shirane indicates how, whilst, and why this tradition built and explicates the richly encoded social, spiritual, and political meanings of this imagery.

Refuting the assumption that this custom displays Japan's agrarian origins and supposedly light weather, Shirane lines the institution of seasonal issues to the poetry composed via the city the Aristocracy within the 8th century. After turning into hugely codified and influencing visible arts within the 10th and 11th centuries, the seasonal issues and their cultural institutions developed and unfold to different genres, ultimately settling within the pop culture of the early smooth interval. Contrasted with the based pictures of nature derived from courtroom poetry was once the agrarian view of nature in line with rural existence. the 2 landscapes started to intersect within the medieval interval, making a complicated, layered internet of competing institutions. Shirane discusses a big selection of representations of nature and the 4 seasons in lots of genres, originating in either the city and rural viewpoint: textual (poetry, chronicles, tales), cultivated (gardens, flower arrangement), fabric (kimonos, screens), performative (noh, festivals), and gastronomic (tea rite, nutrients rituals). He unearths how this sort of "secondary nature," which flourished in Japan's city structure and gardens, fostered and idealized a feeling of concord with the wildlife simply in the intervening time it was once disappearing.

Illuminating the deeper that means in the back of jap aesthetics and artifacts, Shirane clarifies using common pictures and seasonal subject matters and the adjustments of their cultural institutions and serve as throughout background, style, and neighborhood over greater than a millennium. during this interesting booklet, the 4 seasons are printed to be as a lot a cultural building as a mirrored image of the actual world.

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Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage

By Haruki Murakami

A New York Times and Washington Post remarkable e-book, and certainly one of the Financial occasions, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Slate, Mother Jones, The day-by-day Beast, and BookPage's top books of the year

An immediate no 1 New York Times Bestseller, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage is the notable tale of a tender guy haunted via an excellent loss; of goals and nightmares that experience unintentional effects for the area round us; and of a trip into the earlier that's essential to mend the current. the following Haruki Murakami—one of the main respected voices in literature today—gives us a narrative of affection, friend­ship, and heartbreak for the ages.

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A Slow Death: 83 Days of Radiation Sickness

Japan's worst nuclear radiation twist of fate happened at a uranium reprocessing facility in Tokaimura, northeast of Tokyo, on 30 September 1999. The direct reason behind the coincidence was once pointed out because the depositing of a uranyl nitrate solution--containing approximately 16.6 kg of uranium, which surpassed the serious mass--into a precipitation tank. 3 employees have been uncovered to severe doses of radiation.

Hiroshi Ouchi, this sort of employees, was once transferred to the college of Tokyo health center Emergency Room, 3 days after the twist of fate. Dr. Maekawa and his employees at first idea that Ouchi regarded fairly good for someone uncovered to such radiation degrees. He may speak, and in basic terms his correct hand used to be a bit swollen with redness. even if, his situation progressively weakened because the radioactivity broke down the chromosomes in his cells.

The medical professionals have been at a loss as to what to do. there have been only a few precedents and confirmed scientific remedies for the sufferers of radiation poisoning. lower than 20 nuclear injuries had happened on the earth to that time, and so much of these occurred 30 years in the past. This booklet records the following eighty three days of remedy till his passing, with specified descriptions and motives of the radiation poisoning.

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Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War

By Susan Southard

Washington Post most sensible booklet of the Year 
An Economist Best ebook of the Year

“A poignant and complicated photo of the second one atomic bomb’s enduring actual and mental tolls. Eyewitness money owed are visceral and haunting. . . . however the book’s largest success is its therapy of the aftershocks within the many years on account that 1945.” —The New Yorker

A robust and unflinching account of the long-lasting influence of nuclear battle, informed throughout the tales of these who survived.
 
On August nine, 1945, 3 days after the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, the U.S. dropped a moment atomic bomb on Nagasaki, a small port urban on Japan’s southernmost island. An anticipated 74,000 humans died in the first 5 months, and one other 75,000 have been injured.

Published at the 70th anniversary of the bombing, Nagasaki takes readers from the morning of the bombing to the town at the present time, telling the first-hand studies of 5 survivors, all of whom have been youngsters on the time of the devastation. Susan Southard has spent years interviewing hibakusha (“bomb-affected people”) and gaining knowledge of the actual, emotional, and social demanding situations of post-atomic existence. She weaves jointly dramatic eyewitness debts with searing research of the guidelines of censorship and denial that coloured a lot of what was once suggested in regards to the bombing either within the usa and Japan.
 
A gripping narrative of human resilience, Nagasaki will aid form public discussion and debate over some of the most debatable wartime acts in history.

From the Hardcover edition.

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Popular Literacy in Early Modern Japan

By Richard Rubinger

The focal point of Richard Rubinger's research of eastern literacy is the least-studied (yet vast majority) of the premodern inhabitants: the agricultural farming classification. during this book-length ancient exploration of the subject, the 1st in any language, Rubinger dispels the misunderstanding that there are few fabrics on hand for the examine of renowned literacy in Japan. He analyzes a wealthy number of untapped resources from the 16th century onward, drawing for the 1st time on fabric that permits him to degree literacy: signatures on apostasy oaths, diaries, agricultural manuals, domestic encyclopedias, rural poetry-contest entries, village election ballots, literacy surveys, and relatives account books.

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Essays on Japan: Between Aesthetics and Literature

By Michael F. Marra

Essays on Japan is a compilation of Professor Michael F. Marra’s essays written some time past ten years at the issues of eastern literature, jap aesthetics, and the gap among the 2 topics. Marra is without doubt one of the major students within the box of eastern aesthetics and hermeneutics and has released largely on medieval and early smooth eastern literature, idea, and the humanities. This paintings will current the reader severe perception into the fields of jap aesthetics, literary hermeneutics, and literature, with essays on such texts and figures as Kuki Shūzō, the story of Genji, Motoori Norinaga, and Heidegger.

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Diaspora without Homeland: Being Korean in Japan (Global, Area, and International Archive)

More than one-half million humans of Korean descent live in Japan today—the greatest ethnic minority in a rustic usually assumed to be homogeneous. This well timed, interdisciplinary quantity blends unique empirical learn with the colourful box of diaspora experiences to appreciate the complex historical past, id, and standing of the Korean minority in Japan. a world workforce of students explores commonalities and contradictions within the Korean diasporic event, pertaining to such concerns as citizenship and belonging, the private and the political, and place of origin and hostland.

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