Tokyo, Japan

Kanji Hanawa short story, ‘Compos Mentis’, published in English translation by Words Without Borders

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A short story by Kanji Hanawa, the Akutagawa-nominated master short story writer and member of the select author group Red Circle, has been published in English by WORDS without BORDERS, the online site founded in 2002 to promote international literature.

WORDS without BORDERS publishes eight to twelve new works each month and has published leading international authors including Nobel Prize Laureates such as J.M.G. Le Clézio (2008) and Herta Müller (2009). 

Compos Mentis by Kanji Hanawa, which is freely available online, was published in a special issue focused on Writings on Psychiatry.
  • RedCircle
    About Red Circle:
    Red Circle Authors Limited is a specialist publishing and communications company that conducts bespoke projects on behalf of a carefully selected and curated group of leading Japanese authors. Red Circle showcases Japan’s best creative writing. For more information on Red Circle, Japanese literature, and Red Circle authors please visit:
    • Kanji Hanawa
      About Kanji Hanawa:
      Kanji Hanawa, a former professor of French literature is a master of the shorty story. He wrote hundreds and dedicated his life to writing short stories and novella about life in ancient, modern and contemporary Japan. Two of his short stories have been shortlisted for the prestigious Akutagawa Literary Prize. Hanawa’s tales reflect a deep interest in human psychology and complex relationships – whose narratives expose the pressures and challenges of life in Japan.