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thanks for the recommendation. I enjoyed it! You should check out the "The Oxford Book of Japanese Short Stories," (""The Accordion and the Fish Town," etc) and "Palm of the Hand Stories" by Kawabata, which is harder to find (I have a few of the stories scanned in pdfs if you're interested). Both contain some great short stories. The later book is written in a sort of narrative haiku-esque writing style, with most stories ranging from 2-4 pages, but each contains incredible emotional weight and power.
I got “The Miner” and have been really enjoying it! I’ve been adding to its Shelfari page. I like the obscurely named characters like Red Thing, The Pus-Eyed Man, Solitary Boy, Red Blanket, etc. and its intelligent sense of humor. It’s putting “Kokoro” in an interesting context too, into a literary progression of laying out and pioneering a literary philosophy laid out more explicitly in “The Miner” and explored further in “Kokoro,” in the later much less overtly. One thing I’ve been trying to figure out is what a ‘dotera’ is? I googled it but no luck. Do you know? Thanks again for the recommend!
That sounds right up my alley. I'll request it and let you know in the coming weeks! Worldcat says it's available in my state, so I should be able to inter-library loan it. Ditto on Soseki in the West. There are some seriously talented, under-appreciated Eastern authors that deserve their due already!
I haven’t…but that will change soon :D
I just added him to my East-Asian authors page on pinterest:
It seems the only place he’s translated into English (because I woefully cannot yet read Japanese) is a short story in Donald Keene’s “Modern Japanese Literature.” Do you know of any other translations? It’s sad, there are so many great international authors who have yet to be translated into English, such as Sadegh Hedayat (Iranian author). If only I were a publisher!