Founding member Morgan Giles presents some of her favourite untranslated books from Japan.
Read more about Morgan and her special picks below.
Konpira by Yoriko Shōno
An anarchic, stylish romp trampling over Japan’s canonical foundational myths. Defining her work as ‘avant-pop’, Shōno writes lucidly and poetically in a way that makes the strange seem perfectly reasonable, slipping her characters into languid dream worlds before taking them on a detour into slapstick humor and rampant paranoia, reminiscent of Calvino or Pynchon.
Morgan Giles focuses on promoting contemporary Japanese literary fiction. She has worked with award-winning authors including Yu Miri, Nao-cola Yamazaki, Hideo Furukawa, and Aoko Matsuda, as well as the classic mystery writer Ranpo Edogawa. Her work has earned her a fellowship at Waseda University in Tokyo, where she is currently undertaking research on the translation of female Japanese authors. Morgan is also a regular contributor to the Times Literary Supplement, as well as being part of the organisational team for Japan Now, the annual Japanese literature festival held across the UK. Her role ranges from dealing with technical logistics to ensuring every author gets precisely the cocktail they want.