9780143106036

Kokoro

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  • ISBN13:

    9780143106036

  • ISBN10:

    0143106031

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2/23/2010
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics

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Summary

No collection of Japanese literature is complete without Natsume Soseki's Kokoro, his most famous novel and the last he complete before his death. Published here in the first new translation in more than fifty years, Kokoro--meaning "heart"-is the story of a subtle and poignant friendship between two unnamed characters, a young man and an enigmatic elder whom he calls "Sensei".

Haunted by tragic secrets that have cast a long shadow over his life, Sensei slowly opens up to his young disciple, confessing indiscretions from his own student days that have left him reeling with guilt, and revealing, in the seemingly unbridgeable chasm between his moral anguish and his student's struggle to understand it, the profound cultural shift from one generation to the next that characterized Japan in the early twentieth century.

"This elegant novel...suffuses the reader with a sense of old Japan." -Los Angeles Times

"Soseki is the representative modern Japanese novelist, a figure of truly national stature." -Haruki Murakami

Author Biography

Natsume Soseki (1867-1916) is widely considered the foremost novelist of the Meiji era.
Meredith McKinney is the translator of the Penguin Classics editions of The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon and Natsume Soseki's Kusamakura. She teaches in Japan Centre at the Australian National University.

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Amazing Japanese Literature April 16, 2011
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Natsume Soseki was the father of modern Japanese literature and 'Kokoro' was the last novel he completed before his death in 1916. Who knew that 94 years later his books would still be being read by people all over the world? No collection of Japanese literature is complete without Natsume Soseki's Kokoro, his most famous novel and the last he complete before his death. Kokoro--meaning "heart"-is the story of a subtle and poignant friendship between two unnamed characters, a young man and an enigmatic elder whom he calls "Sensei". I was so engrossed in this novel that I couldn't believe I was on the last page already, I wanted there to be more. I highly recommend this novel for everyone. I ordered this textbook from ecampus and I'm glad to receive it in time.
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