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Kusamakura - Sōseki Natsume, Meredith McKinney
Kusamakura
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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... show more
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.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780143105190 (0143105191)
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Pages no: 152
Edition language: English
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IntroductionA Note on the TranslationAcknowledgmentsSuggestions for Further Reading--KusamakuraNotes
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Three-Cornered World, also know as Grass Pillow, is a story of little narrative substance. The main character stays for a time at a country inn. He struggles with the meanings of being an artist and the ability to convey his thoughts and emotions in the written word or on canvas. The innkeeper's dau...
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