'Dream of the Red Chamber' judged 'Best Asian novel'
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Yukio Mishima (1969-71)
The Telegraph: "Before committing ritual suicide in November 1970, Mishima posted this tetralogy of novels (named after a dry lunar plain once believed awash with water) to his publisher. It's a saga of 20th-century Japan, in which a law student imagines a school friend constantly reincarnated."