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This study aims to investigate how literary surrealism traveled through time and space: from its inception in Paris during the 1920s to its infiltration into contemporary Japanese texts. In tracing this evolution, I hope to demonstrate how Japanese authors have both cited and reinterpreted the ideas of the original French surrealists in their works. This will entail a historical overview of both ... read morethe French and Japanese surrealist movements, a critical analysis of their cultural exchange, and finally a thematic reading of two modern Japanese texts" Yasanari Kawabata's short story "House of the Sleeping Beauties" and Haruki Murakami's novel Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World"in relation to the poetics of French surrealism. The Japanese encounter with French literary surrealism provides a particularly fascinating and difficult example of how a system of thought and aesthetic practice can move and change over time, as well as across linguistic and cultural boundaries.