“An astonishment, by turns playful and profound, that makes you wish it were a monthly.” —Junot Diaz, author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
“Monkey Business is full of deep, funny, wild, scary, fabulous, moving, surprising, brilliant work. There is no literary magazine, no magazine period, that I get more excited about reading.” —Laird Hunt, author of Neverhome
“I feel my brain being reconfigured every time I read Monkey Business. The Japanese sense of story is very different from the American or Western sense of story, and it always opens up possibilities for me.” —Matthew Sharpe, author of Jamestown
Monkey Business is the in-translation offspring of the Tokyo-based magazine Monkey Business, which was founded in 2008 by Motoyuki Shibata, one of Japan’s most highly regarded men of letters.
Monkey Business aims to translate and present a wide array of established and emerging authors, showcasing the best of contemporary Japanese literature.
Issue 5 kicks off with “Photographs are Images”, a vignette by Aoko Matsuda, one of Japan’s most promising young novelists. Haruki Murakami graces the pages of Monkey once more, this time offering advice for new and aspiring young writers. American and British authors such as Kelly Link, Liard Hunt, and Matthew Sharpe join Japanese authors Hideo Furukawa, Masatsugu Ono, and Hiromi Kawakami; along with comic and graphic artists Satoshi Kitamura and Ben Katchor. These and many more of the best contemporary voices of Japanese and American literature make up the lyrical and literary prose of this newest issue of Monkey Business.