Aoki Episode One
夜と霧 (Man's Search for Meaning) by VE Frankl
Japanese book translation by Tokuji Shimoyama
This 1946 book gives insight into the author's experience in the concentration camp and his psychological coping methods to seek the meaning of living (Amazon Japan).
Aoki Episode Two
(A Doll's House) by Henrik Ibsen
Japanese book translation by Yazaki Genkuro
A Doll's House (Norwegian: Et dukkehjem; also translated as A Doll House) is a three-act play in prose by Henrik Ibsen. It premiered at the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen, Denmark, on 21 December 1879, having been published earlier that month. The play is significant for its critical attitude toward 19th-century marriage norms (Amazon US)
Aoki Episode Four
(No Longer Human) by Osamu Dazai
English book translation by Donald Keene
This 1948 Japanese novel, No Longer Human is known as Dazai's masterpiece and ranks the second best-selling novel in Japan, behind Natsume Sōseki's Kokoro. The literal translation of the title discussed by Donald Keene in his preface to the English translation is disqualified from being human. (The Italian translation was titled Lo squalificato, The Disqualified (Wiki, 2021)
Aoki Episode Seven
(The Metamorphosis) by Franz Kafka
Japanese book translation by Yoshitaka Takahashi
"The Metamorphosis" (original German title: "Die Verwandlung") is a short novel by Franz Kafka, first published in 1915. It is often cited as one of the seminal works of fiction of the 20th century and is widely studied in colleges and universities across the western world. The story begins with a travelling salesman, Gregor Samsa, waking to find himself transformed into an insect (Amazon,2021).