14 May 2006
The Guardian has been running blogs on national literatures. Never mind the Vermont version of the Canadian maple which goes on our flag. Other colours are flying high. It's Japan's turn. That gave us some time to think about the few we have read and enjoyed. The Tale of Genji, Oe, Abe, Yoshimura, Mishima, Tanizaki, Soseki Natsume, Yamamoto, Murakami, Endo, Kawabata, some Noh plays and poetry that's been Englished. Ishiguro is English, no matter his antecedents, just as much as Kogawa and Adachi are Canadian.