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Annotated Japanese Literary Gems (Vol. 2): Stories by Natsume Sōseki, Tomioka Taeko, and Inoue Yasushi

135 Annotated Vol 2
Selected and edited by Kyoko SELDEN, with Jolisa GRACEWOOD and Lili SELDEN
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This is the second volume of Annotated Japanese Literary Gems, which makes available representative examples of Japanese short stories and novellas from Meiji to the present. This multivolume set of books provides rubi for nearly all kanji at first use, along with extensive annotations. The collection serves as a resource for students of modern Japanese literature and can be used as an intermediate to advanced language text. The volume is printed Japanese-style, with pages ordered from right to left. The present volume introduces stories by three distinguished authors. Natsume Sōseki, considered the greatest Meiji author along with Mori Ōgai, is well known for his Botchan and I Am a Cat. Tomioka Taeko, an Ōsaka-born contemporary author, favors writing about nameless or marginal, yet unusual, individuals with their distinctive fears and desires. Inoue Yasushi is acclaimed for historical narrative and autobiographical fiction. | 212 pages

Other books in the Annotated Japanese Literary Gems collection: Stories by Tawada Yōko, Hayashi Kyōko, and Nakagami Kenji (Vol. 1)



  • Natsume Soseki: About Natsume Soseki Dreams: Ten Nights
  • Tomioka Taeko: About Tomioka Taeko Darkness Atop the Slope
  • Inoue Yasushi: About Inoue Yasushi The Tears of Priest Gyoga


  • Kyoko SELDEN was a Senior Lecturer in Japanese in the Department of Asian Studies at Cornell University. Her translations include The Atomic Bomb: Voices from Hiroshima and Nagasaki (M. E. Sharpe, 1989) and Japanese Women Writers: Twentieth Century Short Fiction (with Noriko Mizuta, M. E. Sharpe, 1991).
  • Jolisa GRACEWOOD
  • Lili SELDEN

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