Kusamakura

Paperback | January 29, 2008

byNatsume SosekiTranslated byMeredith MckinneyIntroduction byMeredith Mckinney

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

Natsume Soseki's Kusamakura—meaning “grass pillow”—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 Soseki'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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A stunning new English translation—the first in more than forty years—of a major novel by the father of modern Japanese fictionNatsume Soseki's Kusamakura—meaning “grass pillow”—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 enco...

Natsume Soseki (1867-1916), one of Japan's most influential modern writers, is widely considered the foremost novelist of the Meiji era (1868-1914) and a master of psychological fiction. As well as his works of fiction, his essays, haiku, and kanshi have been influential and are popular even today. Meredith McKinney (translator) holds ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 7.7 × 5.1 × 0.5 inPublished:January 29, 2008Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0143105191

ISBN - 13:9780143105190

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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