Breaking into Japanese Literature: Seven Modern Classics in Parallel Text

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Overview


Reading great books in the original should be the culmination of language study, but reading Japanese literature unassisted is a daunting task that can defeat even the most able of students. Breaking into Japanese Literature is specially designed to help you bypass all the frustration and actually enjoy classics of Japanese literature.

Breaking into Japanese Literature features seven graded stories covering a variety of genres: whether it's the spellbinding surrealism of Natsume Soseki's Ten Nights of Dreams, the humor of Akutagawa Ryunosuke's fable of temple life ("The Nose"), or the excitement of his historic thrillers ("In a Grove" and "Rashomon"), you are sure to find a story that appeals to you in this collection.

The unique layout-with the original Japanese story in large print, an easy-to-follow English translation and a custom dictionary-was created for maximum clarity and ease of use. There's no need to spend time consulting reference books when everything you need to know is right there in front of your nose.

To make Japanese literature fun, Breaking into Japanese Literature also has some unique extra features: mini-biographies to tell you about the authors' lives and works, individual story prefaces to alert you to related works of literature or film, and original illustrations to fire your imagination. Best of all, MP3 sound files of all the stories have been made available for FREE on the Internet.

Breaking into Japanese Literature provides all the backup you need to break through to a new and undiscovered world-the world of great Japanese fiction. All the hard work has been taken care of so you can enjoy the pleasures of the mind. Why not take advantage?

Learn o 50% of all common-use kanji covered o Kanji entry numbers given for follow-up study o Japanese + English translation + custom dictionary on the same page o Every single kanji word explained

Listen o Free download of sound files from the Net

Look o 7 original atmospheric illustrations

Link o Original stories for Kurosawa's Rashomon and Dreams

All the stories in this book are available on the Internet as MP3 sound files read by professional Japanese actors.

For students who want to consolidate their understanding of kanji, the entry numbers for any of the 2,230 characters in The Kodansha Kanji Learner's Dictionary have been provided when those characters feature in Breaking into Japanese Literature. This makes cross-referencing a matter of seconds.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781568364155
  • Publisher: Kodansha USA Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/1/2012
  • Edition description: Bilingual
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 432,453
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

GILES MURRAY lives in Tokyo where he works as a writer, translator, editor, and copywriter. He is the author of Kodansha International's best-selling "anti-textbook," 13 Secrets for Speaking Fluent Japanese, and appears as Jeremy Hilditch in the Japanese for Busy People: The Video series. Among his translations are Master Modeler: Creating the Tamiya Style (the autobiography of Shunsaku Tamiya, president of Tamiya Inc.) and Love Hina, a manga series about a bespectacled youth who becomes the janitor of a girls' dormitory.

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Table of Contents

Preface 6
Natsume Soseki 12
Level 1
The First Night 14
The Third Night 30
The Fifth Night 46
The Seventh Night 60
Akutagawa Ryunosuke 76
Level 2
In a Grove 78
The Nose 146
Level 3
Rashomon 198
Selected Bibliography 240
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2008

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    The stories in this fairly educational literature book are marvelous and have meaning. You get to enjoy some traditional Japanese stories by people who lived and died before us. The stories vary from comedy to horror, Mystery to romance. Each story the more interesting and each story the more challenging to figure out.

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