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Der Mann ohne Eigenschaften I: Erstes und Zweites Buch
Robert Musil
A Dance to the Music of Time: 1st Movement
Anthony Powell
Sweet Tooth
Ian McEwan
The Makioka Sisters - Jun'ichirō Tanizaki, Edward G. Seidensticker This story reminds me of Thomas Mann's Buddenbrooks, a family that is transitioning through time, having to adapt to the historical events and each member representing parts of society that is adapting for better or for worse.
Just the language is not terribly exciting, even though the translator is 'the renowned translator from Japanese to English' E Seidensticker. Not a must read of Japanese literatur IMHO.