RARA-AVIS: Japanese hardboiled/noir

From: Michael Robison ( miker_zspider@yahoo.com)
Date: 30 Jan 2005

Jiro Kimura wrote:

Of course, Richard Stark/Donald Westlake does not need me to defend his writing. Well, I recently translated FIREBREAK and several of his recent Westlake novels (THE AX, THE HOOK, etc) into Japanese and know a number of factual and editorial warts.

************** Whoa! That's cool that there is somebody from Japan on the list, and a Stark translator no less! I posted a short comment or two on Natsuo Kirino's OUT here recently. Have you read it? Any comments?

After reading her book, I looked around for other Japanese hardboiled/noir. Can you recommend any? I found Ryu Murakami and Kenzo Kitakata. Would you recommend either of these? Any particular titles? I was drawn to Murakami's COIN LOCKER BABIES, mostly because it's translated by Stephen Snyder, who I thought did an excellent job on Kirino's OUT.



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