Botchan

Botchan

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by Soseki Natsume, Dennis Washburn Ph.D., Umeji Sasaki
     
 

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Soseki Natsume was a very influential Japanese author in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Natsume is considered to be the greatest writer in Japanese history and his classic novel Botchan is still one of the most widely read books in Japan.

The main theme of Botchan is morality but the book is perhaps most noted for its humorous and sometimes sarcastic tone

Overview

Soseki Natsume was a very influential Japanese author in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Natsume is considered to be the greatest writer in Japanese history and his classic novel Botchan is still one of the most widely read books in Japan.

The main theme of Botchan is morality but the book is perhaps most noted for its humorous and sometimes sarcastic tone while detailing its serious events. The book is based off Natsume's experience as a teacher on the island of Shikoku.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9784805312636
Publisher:
Tuttle Publishing
Publication date:
08/06/2013
Series:
Tuttle Classics Series
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
422,493
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Soseki Natsume was born in Tokyo in 1867, and upon graduating from the prestigious Tokyo University, worked as an English teacher for a time. He was sent to London for three years by the Japanese government in 1900 on the first English literary scholarship, where he developed a love for Shakespeare. Returning to take up a position at Tokyo University, he began his writing career with Botchan. This is one of his most famous works, along with I Am a Cat and Kokoro. Soseki enjoyed tremendous popularity before his death in 1916 and his works are always cited as among the best in Japanese literature.

When Japanese readers and critics are asked which authors they admire, Soseki's name frequently appears at the top of the list. He is also the only Japanese author referred to by his personal name (Soseki) and not his family name (Natsume), and his image appears on the Japanese 1000 yen note.

Dennis Washburn is Professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Literatures and Comparative Literature at Dartmouth College. He is the author of Translating Mount Fuji: Modern Japanese Fiction and The Ethics of Identity and translator of Temple of the Wild Geese and Bamboo Dolls of Echizen.

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Botchan (Master Darling) (Large Print Edition) 2.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Botchan is an Interesting story, but you may want to try purchasing Matt Treyvaud's version instead of this one. Much is lost in the translation.
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