“He’s a fairly good writer and surely doesn’t deserve the dread ossification and disregard that garnishes such laurels.”
My husband's comment when he heard was, "What about Haruki Murakami?" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-41521260
Many people feel the same. And I think Murakami has more international appeal. But oddly, in Japan itself he's regarded as quite middle-brow and mainstream.
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