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May 2009

Corridor of Dreams: Writing from Japan

Image: Matthew Bernier

Guest Editor Allison Markin Powell,

Image copyright Matthew Bernier

Introduction

Over the past several decades, a steady stream of fascinating writers from Japan have appeared in English, including two Nobel prize winners, Yasunari Kawabata and Kenzaburo Oe, as well as

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