A look at Japanese literature

movie & TV October 20, 2017 15:15

By THE NATION

The Japan Foundation Bangkok and JLIT publishing are holding a talk on the topic “The Journey of Thai-translated Japanese novels – growth from the past, next step for the future” as part of Book Expo 2017 on Sunday (October 22) in meeting room 3 of the Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre.



Many Japanese novels sold well in Thailand in the early 2000s, with a number of works by wellknown writers selected for translation and publication in Thailand. Even though the number of publishers dealing with Japanese literature has fallen, the topics are more varied and the popularity of Japanese movies, among them “If Cats Disappeared from the World” and “Your Name”, have sparked renewed interest in Japanese books. Moreover, Thai young generation readers are keen on Japanese books that narrate the feelings and lives of their contemporaries. Pop-culture influencers also play a part in promoting Japanese modern and classic novelists.

Starting at 2pm, the talk’s objective is to share the background of Japanese novels in Thailand and exchange information among Thai readers and publishers. The talk will be in Thai and moderated by Artch Bunnag, editor of JLIT Publishing, Dr Namthip Methasate, assistant professor at Japanese language department, Chulalongkorn University, and Theerapa Theeraratstit  translator of “Let Me Eat Your Pancreas”). Admission is free.

Find out more at www.Jfbkk.or.th.