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Modern Japanese Stories An Anthology Paperback – January 1, 2005


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing; Second Edition edition (2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804833362
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804833363
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.2 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,725,318 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Crazy Fox on April 7, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is one of the first if not THE first anthology of modern Japanese literature published in English, back in 1962. Don't let this fact make you think this fine book is outdated, though; these are top-notch translations, accurate and literary in quality, of short stories by some of the most important 20th-century Japanese authors. While I like the vintage feel of the original hardcover edition, I am very glad to see that Tuttle has reprinted this excellent anthology in paperback recently.

One thing especially good about this work as an anthology is the wide variety of writers included; Romanticists, Naturalists, Modernists, Marxists, Decadents, Nihilists, Conservatives, and Category-defying Misfits all find a place in this collection, giving the reader a vivid sense of modern Japanese literature's great variety and multivocality. Some of the featured authors are perennial favorites of English translation like Tanizaki Jun'ichiro, while some are important but under-represented in translation like Kikuchi Kan. All have some great stories to tell.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By n.rivot on February 18, 2011
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One reader seems to have been expecting old tales, even though the title says: "Modern Japanese Stories". Actually, I would warn some that this is a collection of 20th century writers, and only up to 1975. Some were born earlier, but their main out put was in the 20th century. So they are indeed, modern, but not recent.

This said, it is an excellent collection of well chosen and well translated short stories. I had read novels by some of these authors, some I didn't know at all. It was all interesting, and I found several particularly good.

To me, modern Japanese writers are just as worthy of interest as the ancient past of Japan.
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1 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Eric Baker on February 3, 2009
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In reading this book I expected more traditional tales with a moral at the end but these seem to me to wander about and leave one wondering what they just read. I am sure they are rich in Japanese lore but for a westerner they can be daunting. Still a good read overall and it gave me a view into this ancient culture.
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