You need a subscription to the New York Review of Books to see nearly all of their archives. But occasionally I have come across reviews that are accessible, such as this one, Gods of the Mall, by Christian Caryl, that looks at Haruki Murakami’s Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman.
Toward the end, Caryl steps back from the topic and wonders why other Japanese writers, with the exception of Muakama and Yukio Mishima, are not attracting international audiences. One reason is Muakama’s characters are globalized, dealing with dream-like conditions that seem universal but nonetheless rooted in the forces arising from the modernization of Japan.
Caryl writes: His characters are global citizens, inhabiting a world of ghostly presences and vague disquiet even as they indulge in the benefits of their membership in a thoroughly Westernized world.