An amusing tale of a young man's rebellion against the system.
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One of Japan's most popular novels, this timeless tale of a changing society combines old idealism with modern independence. Written in 1906 and loosely based on the author's life, it recounts the experiences of a teacher who moves from Tokyo to an isolated town. Botchan—rash and impulsive in his actions, direct and frank in his speech—is an especially popular figure with young readers, although the Times Literary Supplement noted, "This rollicking rebel, and the spice and pace of the narrative, will appeal to parent, teacher, and schoolchild alike." This edition offers an excellent translation of the author's poetic prose.
Dover (2012) unabridged republication of the 1922 translation by Umeji Sasaki.
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Natsume Soseki was born in Tokyo in 1867. After graduating from Tokyo Imperial University, where he majored in English literature, he became a teacher in the rural island of Shikoku, and a year later he moved to Kyushu, the southern island, where he taught at a high school. In 1900 he was sent to England on a government research scholarship, and he remained there until 1903; it was during these years abroad that he developed a nervous disorder that troubled him for the rest of his life.
In 1905 he published his first work of fiction, I Am a Cat, followed by the novels Botchan, Kusamakura (The Three-cornered World), and Nihyaku toka, which established him as a creative writer of major importance. The lighthearted satirical tone of some of these early works gave way, however, to the seriousness of The Miner, Sanshiro, and And Then. Despite bouts of acute illness, Soseki's literary output during his last decade included Mon, The Wayfarer, and Kokoro, and culminated in the unfinished novel, Light and Darkness--a study of alienation and loneliness. He died in 1916.
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Descripción Kodansha America, 1980. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería DADAX0870113674
Descripción Kodansha America, 1980. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería M0870113674
Descripción Kodansha America, 1980. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería P110870113674