This story originally appeared on Public Books
March 1, 2015 — It might be fair to say that Haruki Murakami has had two narrative modes in hi...
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Yukio Mishima's suicide in November 1970, with its grim invocation of samurai machismo, is probably the most famous moment of his legend. It overshadows everything else, including Mishima's three nominations for the Nobel Prize in Literature.
The Guest Cat by Takashi Hiraide is a slender but rich meditation on fate. What force directs the twists of our lives -- or are all events random and therefore beyond our control?
Friends in Japan, we are looking today and we are so moved by who you are -- your instinct to help others through these difficult hours and days.
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