The facultas bookstores are owned and run by one of Austria’s leading publishing groups, which is itself owned by student organisations at the University of Vienna and the Vienna University of Economics and Business.
Rüdiger Salat, who runs the facultas group of companies, and his team, like many others, have welcomed the series’ arrival.
“Booksellers and readers are delighted, and love the chance to get in touch with and be inspired by these unique authors,” Salat says. “The team at facultas are thrilled with the first titles, and curious to read more Red Circle Authors,” he adds.
The series, which launched the Red Circle publishing programme at the end of last year, has been welcomed right across the globe: from Canada to Australia; from Japan to the United Kingdom and far beyond.
The books and series have been reviewed in major publications in Japan in Japanese as well as internationally in English, German and French despite the series being launched in what the publisher calls an ‘English-first’ strategy with each Mini, an original first edition, being published in English before any other language including Japanese.
One such example is a German professor writing in the Literatur Kritik who describes Stand-in Companion, by the Naoki Prize-winner Kazufumi Shiraishi, the first of the three Minis to be published, as a ‘new paradigm’ in contemporary Japanese literature with its ‘trans-humanist’ narrative.
The two bookshops in Vienna, one of the world’s most important cultural capitals, have set up special in-store promotional tables to promote the first three titles in the series; Stand-in Companion, Backlight and Tokyo Performance, which they are doing alongside the German language translation of Fuminori Nakamura’s novel Die Maske, published by the Swiss publisher Diogenes.
Nakamura, the so-called Master of Japanese Noire, one of Japan’s most exciting authors, is one of six authors of the curated group, Red Circle Authors.
Last year, he completed a highly successful multi-city tour in the German-speaking world, to promote his third novel published in German, Die Maske.
Red Circle Authors Limited, the series’ London-based publisher, is planning to announce new authors joining its select group of contemporary Japanese authors and new titles later this year.
Bookshops in Vienna, London, Tokyo, Sydney, New York, San Francisco and Singapore now stock, sell and promote the series, alongside all of the mainstream online book retailers.
- 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: www.redcircleauthors.com.