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Publisher Comments:

A stunning new translation-the first in more than forty years-of a major novel by the father of modern Japanese fiction

Natsume S?seki's Kusamakura follows its nameless young artist-narrator on a meandering walking tour of the mountains. At the inn at a hot spring resort, he has a series of mysterious encounters with Nami, the lovely young daughter of the establishment. Nami, or "beauty," is the center of this elegant novel, the still point around which the artist moves and the enigmatic subject of S?seki's word painting. In the author's words, Kusamakura is "a haiku-style novel, that lives through beauty." Written at a time when Japan was opening its doors to the rest of the world, Kusamakura turns inward, to the pristine mountain idyll and the taciturn lyricism of its courtship scenes, enshrining the essence of old Japan in a work of enchanting literary nostalgia.

Synopsis:

One of Japan's most treasured novels—new to Penguin Classics
 
A hilarious tale about a young man's rebellion against "the system" in a country school, Natsume Soseki's Botchan has enjoyed a timeless popularity in Japan. The setting is Japan's deep south, where the author himself spent some time teaching English in a boys' school. Into this conservative world, with its social proprieties and established pecking order, breezes Botchan, down from the big city and with scant respect for either his elders or his noisy young charges. The result is a light, funny, fast-paced novel.

Synopsis:

One of Japan's most treasured novels—new to Penguin Classics
 
A hilarious tale about a young man's rebellion against "the system" in a country school, Natsume Soseki's Botchan has enjoyed a timeless popularity in Japan. The setting is Japan's deep south, where the author himself spent some time teaching English in a boys' school. Into this conservative world, with its social proprieties and established pecking order, breezes Botchan, down from the big city and with scant respect for either his elders or his noisy young charges. The result is a light, funny, fast-paced novel.

About the Author

Natsume Soseki (1867-1916) is widely considered the foremost novelist of the Meiji era (1868-1914).

Meredith McKinney is the translator of the Penguin Classics edition of The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon. She teaches in the Japan Centre at the Australian National University.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780143105190
Author:
Natsume, Soseki
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Translator:
McKinney, Meredith
Author:
McKinney, Mered
Author:
ith
Author:
Soseki, Natsume
Author:
Cohn, J.
Author:
McKinney, Meredith
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Japanese fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Humorous
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Penguin Classics
Publication Date:
20080131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
7.04x5.56x.45 in. .31 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by ,
One of Japan's most treasured novels—new to Penguin Classics
 
A hilarious tale about a young man's rebellion against "the system" in a country school, Natsume Soseki's Botchan has enjoyed a timeless popularity in Japan. The setting is Japan's deep south, where the author himself spent some time teaching English in a boys' school. Into this conservative world, with its social proprieties and established pecking order, breezes Botchan, down from the big city and with scant respect for either his elders or his noisy young charges. The result is a light, funny, fast-paced novel.

"Synopsis" by ,
One of Japan's most treasured novels—new to Penguin Classics
 
A hilarious tale about a young man's rebellion against "the system" in a country school, Natsume Soseki's Botchan has enjoyed a timeless popularity in Japan. The setting is Japan's deep south, where the author himself spent some time teaching English in a boys' school. Into this conservative world, with its social proprieties and established pecking order, breezes Botchan, down from the big city and with scant respect for either his elders or his noisy young charges. The result is a light, funny, fast-paced novel.

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