Synopses & Reviews
Announcing the first expansion in more than 40 years of the venerable New Penguin Parallel Text series.
Here is the perfect introduction to contemporary Japanese fiction. Featuring many stories appearing in English for the first time, this collection, with parallel translations, offers students at all levels the opportunity to enjoy a wide range of contemporary literature without having to constantly consult a dictionary. Richly diverse in themes and styles, the stories are by well-known writers-like Haruki Murakami and Banana Yoshimoto-as well as by emerging voices. Complete with notes, these selections make excellent reading in either language.
A dual-language edition of Japanese stories many appearing in English for the first time
This volume of eight short stories, with parallel translations, offers students at all levels the opportunity to enjoy a wide range of contemporary literature without having constantly to refer back to a dictionary.
The stories many of which appear here in English for the first time are by well-known writers like Haruki Murakami and Banana Yoshimoto, as well as emerging voices like Abe Kazushige, Ishii Shinji, and Kawakami Hiromi. From the orthodox to the cutting-edge, they represent a range of styles and themes, showcasing the diversity of Japanese fiction over the past few decades in a collection that is equally rewarding for beginning, intermediate, and advanced students of English or Japanese.
Complete with notes, the stories make excellent reading in either language."
About the Author
Michael Emmerich has translated more than a dozen books of Japanese fiction and nonfiction, including novels by Banana Yoshimoto and Yasunari Kawabata. He is an assistant professor of East Asian languages and cultural studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara.