Modern Japanese Literature
- Modern Japanese Literature
- 448 pages
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Reading these excerpts is worth spending my time since it's like reading an overview of modern Japanese literature from 1868 onwards by 15+1 translators. Only two are quite familiar to me, that is, Donald Keene and Edward Seidensticker. As for the rest, it is my first time to enjoy reading their fine translations. In the team, there're three Japanese translators as follows: Baroness Shidzue Ishimoto, Yozan T. Iwasaki and Shio Sakanishi. Why +1? Surprisingly, I read "The Cannery Boat" (pp. 333-33 [...]
Donald Keene knows everything about Japanese Literature. Ultimately, however, this is more a reference book than an engaging read. Reading a Dazai or a Mishima novel that you want some better context for? It's the place to go - but it's not exactly 'casual' or 'entertaining' reading.
Really annoying that the stories chosen here are excerpts from novels. I'd hoped that they would be fully intact, living & breathing short stories, but noey're excerpts. Chopped-off chunks of larger, unknowable beings. I suppose such an anthology must exist, and that it has its reasons, but how annoying. Anyway, the introduction gives a great little history of modern Japanese literature (from 1868 to Mishima Yukio). Keene is so knowledgeable and a very good writer -- I'm hooked and will keep [...]
Oh this was shit. A few excerpts from things worth reading, a few excerpts from shit not worth reading. BUT ALL EXCERPTS. EVEN SHORT STORIES WERE EXCERPTED. FUCK OFF.
This is an anthology of excerpts from major Japanese writers beginning with the Meiji period. I think Keene also edited a companion book of classid Japanese literature as well. I thoroughly enjoyed this brief tour of the Japanese literary landscape, and was introduced to a number of stimulating authors. The introductions to the pieces are often too brief; I would have enjoyed a little more in the way of description and assessment. Most of the pieces here are sections from novels or short stories [...]
1) The Beefeater; Kanagaki, Robun2) The Western Peep Show; Hattori, Busho3) The Thieves; Kawatake, Mokuami4) Modern Poetry in Chinese5) The Essence of the Novel; Tsubouchi, Shoyo6) The Drifting Cloud; Futabatei, Shimei7) Growing Up; Higuchi, Ichiyo8) Old Gen; Kunikida, Doppo9) Modern Haiku: I10) Botchan; Natsume, Soseki11) The Broken Commandment; Shimazaki, Toson12) One Soldier; Tayama, Katai13) The River Sumida; Nagai, Kafu14) Modern Poetry: I15) Modern Waka16) The Romaji Diary; Ishikawa, Takub [...]
I read a lot of the stories in here (admittedly I didn't feel like reading everything, which is how I tend to react to anthologies like this). This seemed like a pretty good collection, overall. I can't judge the accuracy of the translations, and can only judge some of the literature choices. Some of them I think were excellent choices, as in the cases of Osamu Dazai ("Villon's Wife") and Ryunosuke Akutagawa ("Kesa and Morito", "Hell Screen"). Many seemed good but I wasn't sure if there might ha [...]
Keene's anthology is a helpful springboard from which to delve deeper into Japanese literature, being a good introduction to a number of important Japanese writers and genres. With Keene's expert editorial judgement guiding the selections, it also gives well-balanced literary context to those wider readings.However, the fact that most of these pieces are excerpts means the result isn't a very engaging reading experience. This is the trade-off for the rounded and balanced contents. A collection o [...]
Donald Keene does a nice job of bringing together in one work, stories, including many poems, that are representative of modern literature in Japan.Modern Japanese Literature: From 1868 to the Present Day is an attractive anthology for those interested in Japanese literature beyond the popular and famous works of today's novelists. Some of the stories presented are not easy to come by, and some might even be impossible to obtain. Keene saves us the trouble.This collection was published in 1956. [...]
Incredible classic collection of Japanese short stories of the modern era. My favorites were "One Soldier" which reads like a much tougher version of THE RED BADGE OF COURAGE or THE NAKED AND THE DEAD. Also HAN'S CRIME which reads like an Alfred Hitchcock thriller. You don't have to be a lover of Japanese culture and cuisine like I am to read this outstanding collection!
Een paar nuttige kennismakingen maar jammer genoeg vooral fragmenten in plaats van volledige verhalen. Als je in de wachtkamer van de tandarts één verhaal zoekt om te lezen zou ik Hell Screen (1918) van Agutagawa aanraden of het fragment uit Earth and Soldiers (1938) van Hino Ashihei.
Donald Keene's great anthology of Japanese tales - and all the suspected stars (the great one's) are here in this package. Mishima, Dazai, Tanizaki, Kawabata, etc. Like the one down below, this is another essential anthology of Japanese writing.
read "The Tiger"
An anthology I read about 25 years ago, during a time in which I had envisioned someday becoming a professor of Asian languages and literatures. Recommended.
A few of the excerpts I liked, but probably not enough to hunt them down to read in their completeness. The introduction is interesting though.
An excellent collection. Especially noteworthy is the first chapter of Botchan, which is the best English translation I've come across and its a damn shame that translator didn't do the full story.