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  • Black Dragonfly Quick View
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    • Black Dragonfly

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    • by Jean Pasley The year is 1890. Western influences are flooding into Japan. A nomadic Irishman arrives to record this unique culture before it vanishes. In this richly imagined novel, late nineteenth century Japan is brought vividly to life. Based on the remarkable experiences of the Irish writer, Lafcadio Hearn, and drawing on his letters, essays and books, Jean Pasley…
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  • Kresek: Daily Life of Plastic Bags Quick View
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    • by Cynthia Delaney Suwito Some may like plastic bags for their convenience, while others may dislike them for polluting the environment. Regardless of anyone’s stance, the plastic bag as an object is just something that passes through our lives. Kresek is the rustling of plastic bags in Bahasa Indonesia. It is also the title of this light-hearted wordless comic, revolving…
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    • — Memoirs of an illegal daughter by Shen Yang Translated from Chinese by Nicky Harman   ‘I broke a law simply by being born.’ In the late 1980s, Shen Yang was born during the fiercest years of China’s One-Child Policy. As the second daughter of the family, she was a massive liability – an excess child, a product of illegal…
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  • Picking off new shoots will not stop the spring Quick View
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    • Witness poems and Essays from Burma/Myanmar (1988-2021)  edited by Ko Ko Thett and Brian Haman  Fallen innocents on blood-stained streets. The defiant banging of pots and pans echoing in the darkness. The birth of a springtime revolution amidst the interrupted lives of a country and its people. On the morning of 1 February 2021, a coup d’état was initiated by…
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  • Poems 2020: Translation from Russian, Polish and Japanese, Notes and Commentary Quick View
  • Raise the Bottles Quick View
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    • Raise the Bottles

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    • Collection of Short Stories by Huang Chun-Ming Translated from the Chinese by Howard Goldblatt From trains to classrooms to mountains, in this collection of short stories, Huang Chunming traverses across the Taiwan island to deliver his readers bewitching stories of love, loss, and family. Each story crafts a poignant snapshot depicting private minds in public spaces. A young man has…
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  • Singapore Comparative Literature Compendium Quick View
  • The Blood of Gutoku Quick View
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    • The Blood of Gutoku

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    • A Jack Riddley Mystery in Japan by J. W. Traphagan Jack Riddley is an anthropologist all too ready to retire - he is done with university politics and is eager to start his new life in a sleepy village in northern Japan. What wasn't involved in his retirement plan is for a murder to occur just as he arrives in…
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    • with other stories and poems by Miyazawa Kenji and works by Mori Ogai, Ishikawa Takuboku, Akutagawa Ryunosuke, Dazai Osamu, and Inoue Hisashi. Translation from Japanese and Commentary by Roger Pulvers. MIYAZAWA KENJI remains not only Japan’s most popular and beloved writer of stories for children and adults but a prescient voice for this century on how we can survive and…
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  • The Charter: And Thirteen Other Stories about Japan Quick View
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    • The Enchanted Bells

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    • Story and Music by April Chung Illustrations by Li-Ling Chen Night has fallen. Silent night. The forest is shimmering with moonlit snow. All of a sudden, Marco Piccolo hears an enchanting melody. It comes from the depths of the forest. There, Marco stumbles across a Treble Clef Tree and seven glittering bells, each representing a musical note. The bells hold…
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  • The Illusions of Self: Tanka by Takuboku Ishikawa, with notes and commentary Quick View