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  • Sōseki Natsume

    And Then

    $25.00

    translated by Norma Moore Field Sōseki Natsume is considered to be one of Japan's most beloved and respected authors. And Then is ranked as one of his most insightful and stirring novels. Daisuke, the protagonist, is a man in his twenties who is struggling with his personal purpose and identity as well as the changing social landscape of Meiji-era Japan. As Japan enters the Twentieth Century, ancient customs give way to western ideals, and Daisuke works to resolve his feelings of disconnectio...

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  • Donald Keene

    Anthology Of Japanese Literature

    $29.00

    The sweep of Japanese literature in its infinite variety and unusual beauty–from earliest times to the mid-nineteenth century–is the focus of this impressive volume. Every genre and style of Japanese literature, from the somber beauty of Noh plays to the eroticism of seventeenth-century novels is included. Other offerings include poetry and haiku, folktales and legends. The translations have been chosen not only for their accuracy but also for their readability as English prose and poetry. Do...

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  • Lane Dunlop

    Autumn Wind And Other Stories

    $25.00

    Westerners familiar only with stereotypical images of bowing geisha and dark-suited businessmen will be surprised by the cast of characters translator Lane Dunlop introduces in this anthology. Lovers of fiction and students of Japan are certain to find these stories absorbing, engaging and instructive.Paperback: 272 PagesProduct Dimensions: 130 x 203 mmISBN: 9784805308509Published by Tuttle Publishing

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  • Sōseki Natsume

    Botchan

    $27.50

    translated by Umeji Sasaki A modern classic in Japan on par with The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn or The Catcher in the Rye, Botchan is a very popular Japanese novel and still widely read decades after its first publication. Botchan, a timeless Japanese novel written by Japan's most beloved novelist, Sōseki Natsume, is now available in a revised edition featuring a new foreword by Dennis Washburn, Professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Languages at Dartmouth College. Prof. Washburn's forewor...

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  • Vivian Ling and Wang Peng

    Chinese Stories For Language Learners

    $25.00

    This book presents 22 classic Chinese proverbs and the traditional tales behind them. The stories are bilingual, with the Chinese and English versions presented on facing pages. Each includes an explanation of how the proverb is used today, cultural notes, vocabulary and discussion questions. Audio recordings of the tales read by native speakers are included—both on the accompanying CD and as downloadable online audio—giving students a chance to improve their pronunciation and comprehension. ...

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  • Yukio Mishima

    Confessions Of A Mask

    $22.00

    translated by Meredith Weatherby Confessions of a Mask tells the story of Kochan, an adolescent boy tormented by his burgeoning attraction to men: he wants to be "normal." Kochan is meek-bodied, and unable to participate in the more athletic activities of his classmates. He begins to notice his growing attraction to some of the boys in his class, particularly the pubescent body of his friend Omi. To hide his homosexuality, he courts a woman, Sonoko, but this exacerbates his feelings for men. ...

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  • Uno Chiyo

    Confessions Of Love

    $22.00

    translated by Phyllis Birnbaum Confessions of Love chronicles the stormy vicissitudes of love like most of Chico Uno's other writings. It is based upon the sensational romantic career of the artist Togo Seiji, with whom Uno entered a five-year liaison just after Togo emerged alive from a highly publicized double suicide attempt. The narrator, named Yuasa Joji in the novel, is a familiar Japanese romantic hero, a weak man irresistible to women. Although Yuasa has a way with women, his charms a...

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  • Ellery Queen

    Ellery Queen's Japanese Mystery Stories

    $24.00

    A newspaper receives a letter from a man claiming to have been murdered—it's impossible but the truth is not so simple; five strangers who share the same initials are invited to spend the night in a luxury hotel but one of them is a murderer. The 12 stories in this book will lead you through dramatic twists and unexpected turns. The legendary Ellery Queen selected these stories by award-winning Japanese authors from among many thousands published in postwar Japan. Each story features an unusu...

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  • Lanling Xiaoxiao Sheng

    Golden Lotus Volume 2

    $24.00

    translated by Clement Egerton A saga of ruthless ambition, murder, and, famously, Chinese erotica, The Golden Lotus (also known as The Plum in the Golden Vase) has been called the fifth Great Classical Novel in Chinese Literature and one of the Four Masterworks of the Ming Novel. Admired in its own time for its literary qualities and biting indictment of the immorality and cruelty of its age, this Chinese classic has also been denigrated for its sexual frankness. It centers on Ximen Qing, a y...

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  • Sōseki Natsume

    I Am A Cat

    $34.80

    Written over the course of 1904-1906, Soseki Natsume's comic masterpiece, I Am a Cat, satirizes the foolishness of upper-middle-class Japanese society during the Meiji era. With acerbic wit and sardonic perspective, it follows the whimsical adventures of a world-weary stray kitten who comments on the follies and foibles of the people around him. A classic of Japanese literature, I Am a Cat is one of Soseki's best-known novels. Considered by many as the greatest writer in modern Japanese histo...

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  • Lafcadio Hearn

    In Ghostly Japan

    $19.00

    "Think not that dreams appear to the dreamer only at night, the dream of this world of pain appears to us even by day." In this book, famed author Lafcadio Hearn presents 14 fascinating stories--including deathless ghosts and yokai, local folklore and haunted places, as well as Buddhist traditions. This edition includes a new foreword by Michael Dylan Foster which explains the book's importance as a Japanese cultural and literary classic. The Japanese have two kinds of ghosts in their folklor...

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  • Katherine Davidsen and Yusep Cuandani

    Indonesian Stories For Language Learners

    $25.00

    This diverse anthology of traditional tales from across the Indonesian archipelago includes short stories, origin myths, historical legends, poetry, diary entries, news reports and dialogues. Each of the 20 stories is presented in parallel English and Indonesian versions on facing pages, making this a great resource for intermediate language learners. Although written in the Indonesian national language, the stories hail from many different ethnic cultures and include a number of female chara...

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    Anne McNulty and Eriko Sato

    Japanese Stories For Language Learners

    $25.00

    Beautifully illustrated in a traditional style, Japanese Stories for Language Learners offers five compelling stories with English and Japanese language versions appearing on facing pages. Taking learners on an exciting cultural and linguistic journey, each story is followed by detailed translator's notes, Japanese vocabulary lists, and grammar points along with a set of discussion questions and exercises. Reading these stories in the original Japanese script—and hearing native-speakers read ...

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  • Naoshi Koriyama and Bruce Allen

    Japanese Tales From Times Past

    $25.00

    This collection of translated tales is from the most famous work in all of Japanese classical literature--the Konjaku Monogatari Shu. This collection of traditional Japanese folklore is akin to the Canterbury Tales of Chaucer or Dante's Inferno--powerfully entertaining tales that reveal striking aspects of the cultural psychology, fantasy, and creativity of medieval Japan--tales that still resonate with modern Japanese readers today. The ninety stories in this book are filled with keen psycho...

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  • Edogawa Rampo

    Japanese Tales Of Mystery And Imagination

    $24.80

    This collection of mystery and horror stories is regarded as Japan's answer to Edgar Allan Poe. Japanese Tales of Mystery & Imagination, the first volume of its kind translated into English, is written with the quick tempo of the West but rich with the fantasy of the East. These nine bloodcurdling, chilling tales present a genre of literature largely unknown to readers outside Japan, including the strange story of a quadruple amputee and his perverse wife; the record of a man who creates ...

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  • Julie Damron and EunSun You

    Korean Stories For Language Learners

    $25.00

    Korean Stories for Language Learners introduces 42 traditional Korean folktales with bilingual Korean and English versions, presented on facing pages, together with detailed notes and exercises aimed at beginning learners of the language. The book can be used as a reader in first- and second-year Korean language courses or by anyone who wishes to learn about Korean folktales and traditional Korean culture. This elegantly illustrated volume is designed to help language learners expand their vo...

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  • Ivan Morris

    Modern Japanese Short Stories

    $28.00

    Modern Japanese Short Stories is a remarkable collection of Japanese stories from the pioneers of contemporary Japanese literature. This volume's twenty-five stories by as many authors display a wide range of style and subject matter offering a revealing picture of modern Japanese culture and society. The stories in this anthology include: Tattoo by Junichiro Tanizaki -- a large spider tattooed on the back of a young woman results in unexpected changes Autumn Mountain by Ryunosuke Akutagaw...

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  • Ryūnosuke Akutagawa

    Rashomon And Other Stories

    $21.00

    Widely acknowledged as the father of the Japanese short story, Ryunosuke Akutagawa remains one of the most influential Japanese writers of all time. Rashomon and Other Stories, a collection of his most celebrated work, resonates as strongly today as when it first published a century ago. This volume includes: In a Grove: An iconic, contradictory tale of the murder of a samurai in a forest near Kyoto told through three varying accounts; Rashomon: A masterless samurai contemplates following a l...

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  • Lo Kuan-Chung

    Romance Of The Three Kingdoms Volume 1

    $43.00

    translated by C. H. Brewitt-Taylor This epic saga of brotherhood and rivalry, of loyalty and treachery, of victory and death forms part of the indelible core of classical Chinese culture and continues to fascinate modern-day readers. In 220 EC, the 400-year-old rule of the mighty Han dynasty came to an end and three kingdoms contested for control of China. Liu Pei, the legitimate heir to the Han throne, elects to fight for his birthright and enlists the aid of his sworn brothers, the impulsiv...

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  • Lo Kuan-Chung

    Romance Of The Three Kingdoms Volume 2

    $43.00

    translated by C. H. Brewitt-Taylor This epic saga of brotherhood and rivalry, of loyalty and treachery, of victory and death forms part of the indelible core of classical Chinese culture and continues to fascinate modern-day readers. In 220 EC, the 400-year-old rule of the mighty Han dynasty came to an end and three kingdoms contested for control of China. Liu Pei, the legitimate heir to the Han throne, elects to fight for his birthright and enlists the aid of his sworn brothers, the impulsiv...

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  • Sōseki Natsume

    Soseki Natsume's I Am A Cat: The Manga Edition

    $21.00

    Illustrated by Chiroru Kobato Japan's beloved literary masterpiece brought to life in manga form! Soseki Natsume's comic masterpiece, I Am a Cat, satirizes the foolishness of upper-middle-class Japanese society in early 20th century Tokyo. Written with biting wit and sardonic perspective, it follows the whimsical adventures of a rather cynical stray kitten. He finds his way into the home of an English teacher, where his running commentary on the follies and foibles of the people around him ha...

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  • Pu Songling

    Strange Tales From A Chinese Studio

    $29.00

    Long considered a masterpiece of the eerie and fantastic, Strange Tales from a Chinese Studio is a collection of supernatural-themed tales compiled from ancient Chinese folk stories by Songling Pu in the eighteenth century. These tales of ghosts, magic, vampirism, and other things bizarre and fantastic are an excellent Chinese companion to Lafcadio Hearn's well-known collections of Japanese ghost stories Kwaidan and In Ghostly Japan. Already a true classic of Chinese literature and of superna...

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  • Joi Barrios

    Tagalog Stories For Language Learners

    $25.00

    This book introduces 40 stories from the Philippines through bilingual Tagalog and English texts presented on facing pages. Paired with cultural notes, vocabulary lists, exercises, comprehension questions and free online audio recordings, Tagalog Stories for Language Learners is an excellent resource for intermediate language learners. This compilation includes a mix of traditional folktales retold for a modern audience, as well as several well-known works of contemporary Philippine literatur...

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  • Cao Xueqin

    The Dream Of The Red Chamber

    $39.00

    translated by H. Bencraft Joly The Dream of the Red Chamber is one of the "Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese Literature." It is renowned for its huge scope, large cast of characters and telling observations on the life and social structures of 18th century China and is considered by many to be the pinnacle of the classical Chinese novel.The "Red Chamber" is an expression used to describe the sheltered area where the daughters of wealthy Chinese families lived. Believed to be based on the...

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  • Shūgorō Yamamoto

    The Flower Mat

    $27.50

    translated by Mihoko Inoue and Eileen B. Hennessy Set in eighteenth-century Japan, The Flower Mat unravels the story of a young bride born into a traditional family, groomed in the virtues of ideal womanhood, and finally tempered in tragedy brought about by political intrigue. Readers everywhere will find this a solid account of personal development and responsibility in the life of one Japanese woman.Paperback: 176 PagesProduct Dimensions: 133 x 204 mmISBN: 9780804833332Published by Tuttle P...

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  • Eiji Yoshikawa

    The Heike Story

    $39.00

    translated by Fuki Uramatsu and Fuki Wooyenaka Uramatsu The Heike Story is a modern translation of a Japanese classic. Kyoto in the twelfth century was a magnificent city, but crime, disorder, and lust were rampant. The people were abused by the nobility, while armed Buddhist monks terrorized court and commoner alike. In despair, the Emperor called upon the Heike and Genji clans to quell civil disturbances. Although the clans succeeded, they quarreled over the spoils of war and plunged the co...

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  • Rebecca Otowa

    The Mad Kyoto Shoe Swapper

    $25.00

    From the unique standpoint of an American woman who married into a Japanese family and has lived in Japan for more than thirty years, Rebecca Otowa weaves enchanting tales of her adopted home that portray the perspective of both the Japanese and the foreigner on the universal issues that face us all-love, work, marriage, death, and family conflict.Hardback: 160 PagesProduct Dimensions: 130 x 203 mmISBN: 9784805315514Published by Tuttle Publishing

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    Akiyuki Nosaka

    The Pornographers

    $20.00

    translated by Michael Gallagher Subuyan is a simple man who also happens to be a frantically busy, not quite successful pornographer of Osaka. He tries to keep his clients happy, and he does his best to alleviate the sorrows of mankind, at least insofar as they afflict the wealthy men and large corporations who are his clients. This humane approach to life is not always appreciated by his chief cameraman, Banteki, who is a firm believer in Art for Art's Sake. With ironic humor and sharp compa...

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  • Osamu Dazai

    The Setting Sun

    $23.00

    This powerful novel of a nation in social and moral crisis in the early postwar years probes the transition from a feudal Japan to an industrial society. The influence of this book, often considered Dazai's masterpiece, made the term "people of the setting sun"—the declining aristocracy—a permanent part of the Japanese language. Dazai's heroine, Kazuko, the strong-willed young aristocrat who deliberately abandons her class, stands as a symbol of the anomie that pervades so much of the modern ...

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  • Shi Naian

    The Water Margin

    $39.00

    The Water Margins in one of the 'Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese Literature'. Based upon the historical bandit Song Jiang and his companions, this Chinese equivalent of the English Classic Robin Hood and His Merry Men is an epic tale of rebellion against tyranny and has been thrilling and inspiring readers for hundreds of years.  This edition of the classic J. H. Jackson translation features a new preface and introduction by Edwin Lowe, which gives the history of the book and puts the ...

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    Ogai Mori

    The Wild Geese

    $22.00

    Translated by Sanford Goldstein In The Wild Geese, prominent Japanese novelist Ogai Mori offers a poignant story of unfulfilled love, set against the background of the dizzying social change accompanying the fall of the Meiji regime. The young heroine, Otama, is forced by poverty to become a moneylender's mistress. She is surrounded by skillfully-drawn characters--her weak-willed father, her virile and calculating lover (and his suspicious wife), and the handsome student who is both the objec...

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  • Tri C. Tran and Tram Le

    Vietnamese Stories For Language Learners

    $25.00

    Nothing introduces students and cultural enthusiasts to a language and people better than stories. Intended for Vietnamese language students or heritage learners, the stories in this volume present the everyday vocabulary and grammar in use in Vietnam today. Forty folk stories have been edited and simplified for learning purposes and are presented in parallel Vietnamese and English versions to facilitate language learning. These delightful Vietnamese folktales immediately animate the culture,...

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