Books by Alfred Birnbaum

SMILE AS THEY BOW by Nu Nu Yi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 16, 2008

"An unilluminating look at gay culture and animistic religion in Burma."
The first English translation from the sometimes-censored Burmese author; the book was shortlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize. Read full book review >
A BURDEN OF FLOWERS by Natsuki Ikezawa
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"It all feels like a book Ikezawa felt obliged to write. Plodding and undistinguished."
The ordeal of a young Japanese artist framed for selling drugs in Indonesia is the subject of this melodramatic prizewinning novel by the author of Still Lives (1987). Read full book review >
ALL SHE WAS WORTH by Miyuki Miyabe
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

In preparation for his marriage to Shoko Sekine, Jun Kurisaka urges her to apply for a credit card in her own name. Read full book review >

Released: May 13, 1991

A collection of short stories, excerpts from novels, and one manga comic from Japan's ``Brat Pack'' that, with one exception, have not previously appeared in the US. Known as fuikkushon writers because they resemble Westerners in their directness, use of pop-culture and idiom, these young men and women look to the American ``city novel'' as their model rather than to traditional Japanese writers. Read full book review >