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2017.06.29 ‘Monkey Business’ a hybrid space for Japanese & English literature
On May 3, 2017, the seventh issue of literary journal ‘Monkey Business’ was launched at the Asia Society in New York, USA, by the journal’s founders/editors Motoyuki Shibata and Ted Goossen. Originally started by Shibata as a Japanese magazine in 2008, Monkey Business was re-launched in 2011 as an international English-language journal.

Ted Goossen is a well-known translator, with previous works including an anthology of Japanese modern literature, including Ogai Mori, published in 1997 (reissued in 2010). Monkey Business shifts Goossen’s translation focus to Japanese contemporary literature.
Goossen is also known for his English translations of Haruki Murakami’s novels. In an interview with CBC radio, he talked about the joys and challenges of working on the translations of Murakami’s novels and essays.

The English version of Monkey Business is available both in e-book and print format, and is published by Brooklyn-based partner A Public Space. In Goossen’s words, the journal ‘[breaks] free of the bounds of both American literature and Japanese literature by placing them together, by creating a kind of new hybrid space’. The journal has been funded by The Nippon Foundation, which has held the Tokyo International Literary Festival three times since 2013.

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