Masterpieces of Contemporary Australian Literature

Project Summary

28 August 2018

Sector: Building Cultural Understanding / Society and Culture

Country location: Japan

Grantee: Gendaikikakushitsu Publishers


Project description

This is a ten year project translating contemporary Australian novels into Japanese. In 2019, we will publish Michelle de Kretser's “Questions of Travel” (Allen and Unwin, 2012), and will invite her to Japan for the promotion of the book and promotion of Australian literature. Gendaikikakushitsu have published five titles of Australian contemporary novels in this project. The selection committee of the works which are to be translated in Japanese consists of two authorities of Australian literature, Professor Kate Darian-Smith (University of Tasmania) and Professor emeritus Yasue Arimitsu (Doshisha University). Professor Arimitsu is one of the leading members of Australian Studies Association of Japan, and she is known as the best exponent of Australian literature in Japan.

Key dates:

  • Publication of Japanese translation of “Questions of Travel”, starting 25/09/2019
  • Book launch event, Tokyo, 20/11/2019 to 25/11/2019

Social media: https://www.facebook.com/kikakushitu/

Australia-Japan Foundation grant offer: $25,000



Last Updated: 16 August 2018
book cover of 'That Deadman Dance' which is a picture of the sky, cliffs and the ocean
Hora Shibito-ga, Shibito-ga Odoru (That Deadman Dance) by Kim Scott (translated by Masaya Shimokusu). Credit: designed by Fumio Shiozawa and cutcloud