Well, you can always try and look for more of his novellas. And he also wrote a book titled Kappa
, which is essentially his suicide note.
If you are looking for contemporaries, then there is Natsume Soseki, he is the father of Japanese literature. I only read a novel of his titled The Gate
, it's an excellent work. He wrote many others like Botchan
, or I am a cat
. Then if you want to go psychological, then there is Dazai Osamu's No Longer Human
, the single best selling book to date in Japan. That's a good one, if a bit depressive. (By bit I mean a lot.)
Then you could also try with Junichiro Tanizaki's works, but those are a bit more raw as far as I know. Not as elegant. The Key
is a borderline pornographic novel of his. Or there is the book Some prefer nettles
. He also wrote a novel that deals with the cultural clash of east vs west, titled Naomi
Now if you want to look at peak elegance and the best of Japanese literature (in my opinion), then you might find refuge in Kawabata Yasunari's works. Touching stories, elegantly worded prose, almost every line is a haiku. The first nobel prize winner from Japan. From him I'd recommend Snow Country
, The Master of Go
and The Lake
He also wrote teeny-tiny novellas, called Palm of the Hand Stories
. Most of them are less than a page long, but they do carry the essence of his work.
A good friend of his was Mishima Yukio
, who's also an excellent writer, if a bit more traditional and political. If you can separate politics from Mishima's works, then you have a top tier writer who bets all his worth on aesthetics, even his life is like a piece of art.
He wrote dramas (My friend, Hitler
, Madam de Sade
and an adaptation of your beloved Hell's screen
) and novels like Temple of the Golden Pavilion
and The sailor who fell from grave with the sea
You don't have to read or like all of them, if you don't find them enjoyable, just try with the next one. Thankfully, most of them left behind a considerably body of work, so if you like one of them, you can always come back for seconds. (And we are only scratching the surface with names.)