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Kokoro

Natsume, Sōseki (Book - 2010)
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"No collection of Japanese literature is complete without Kokoro, the last novel Natsume Soseki complete before his death in 1916. 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" --Cover, p. 4.
Authors: Natsume, Sōseki, 1867-1916
Uniform Title: Kokoro. English
Title: Kokoro
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2010
Characteristics: xvi, 238 p. ;,20 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Natsume Sōseki ; translated with an introduction and notes by Meredith McKinney
Notes: Translated from the Japanese
Summary: "No collection of Japanese literature is complete without Kokoro, the last novel Natsume Soseki complete before his death in 1916. 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" --Cover, p. 4.
Additional Contributors: McKinney, Meredith 1950-
Alternate Title: Kokoro : a novel
ISBN: 0143106031
9780143106036
Branch Call Number: FICTION NATSUME 2010
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references
Subject Headings: Japan History Taishō period, 1912-1926 Fiction Japan Social conditions 1912-1945 Fiction Japan Fiction Friendship Fiction
Topical Term: Friendship
LCCN: 2009041363
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Soseki occupies a seat of “grandaddy in Japanese literature” for me and definitely others. This is a great book for any reader looking to delve into a much different time period in Japan. “Kokoro,” which means something like “heart” or the “heart of things” is about an older man’s confessions and... Read More »


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