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Hearing the music of language

New magazine helps Japanese literature score big abroad

The debut issue of Monkey, an eclectic publication launched this month, showcases some of the most lauded creative artists from Japan (cover illustration by Shinta Cho).

In the new English-language Japanese literary magazine, Monkey, novelists Haruki Murakami and Mieko Kawakami make plans to meet in a cave, trade stories and roast rats over a campfire.

A few pages later, director Hirokazu Koreeda revisits a favorite story by Naoya Shiga, about a barber whose murderous outburst reminds him of Raymond Carver's writing and inspired his own cinematic ideas.

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