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"There is a world of difference between reading Japanese that has been specially contrived for students and reading real Japanese - that is, real-world Japanese written for native speakers. The contrived variety might be called schoolmarm Japanese: standard to the point of insipidity, controlled to the point of domestication, restricted to the point of impoverishment. The Read Real Japanese series, comprising one volume each of essays and fiction, provides the real thing - lively writings by contemporary authors." "Read Real Japanese Fiction
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"There is a world of difference between reading Japanese that has been specially contrived for students and reading real Japanese - that is, real-world Japanese written for native speakers. The contrived variety might be called schoolmarm Japanese: standard to the point of insipidity, controlled to the point of domestication, restricted to the point of impoverishment. The Read Real Japanese series, comprising one volume each of essays and fiction, provides the real thing - lively writings by contemporary authors." "Read Real Japanese Fiction presents short works by six outstanding writers, from popular to avant-garde. The spellbinding world of Hiromi Kawakami; the hair-raising short horror of Otsuichi; the haunting prose of Banana Yoshimoto; even the poetic wordplay of Yoko Tawada - whatever your taste, you are sure to find some stories in this book that bowl you over and leave you wanting more." "Following the form of real Japanese novels, the text runs from top to bottom, right to left. To guide you in your reading, each double-page spread features translations of nearly every sentence or phrase, making it possible to understand the meaning at a glance. Moreover, in the back of the book is a tailor-made Japanese-English dictionary covering all the words appearing in the stories, and a series of notes that elucidate issues of nuance, usage, grammar, and culture. Best of all, the book comes with a free audio CD containing narrations of the works, performed by a professional actress. This will help you to get used to the sounds and rhythms of Japanese, as well as the speed at which the language is normally spoken." Whether you are a dedicated student or a dabbler, and regardlessof your mode of study, Read Real Japanese Fiction will serve as your gateway to the pleasures of reading contemporary Japanese fiction - in the original.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9784770030580
  • Publisher: Kodansha USA
  • Publication date: 6/28/2008
  • Edition description: Bilingual
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 5.60 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

MICHAEL EMMERICH graduated from Princeton University. After completing research in Japanese literature studies at Ritsumeikan University in Tokyo, he went on to earn a Ph.D. in Japanese literature from Columbia University. He is the highly acclaimed translator of Nobel laureate Yasunari Kawabatas First Snow on Fuji; Banana Yoshimotos Asleep, Goodbye Tsugumi and Hardboiled & Hard Luck; Genichiro Takahashis Sayonara Gangsters; Mari Akasakas Vibrator; and Taichi Yamadas In Search of a Distant Voice.

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Table of Contents

Japanese-English Dictionary: starts from back of book and runs in the opposite direction 3

Kawakami Hiromi 14

Otsuichi 38

Ishii Shinji 48

Yoshimoto Banana 72

Kitamura Kaoru 106

Tawada Yoko 138

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2010

    Didn't Teach Me Anything

    I had bought this book a few weeks ago and I have to say I'm not at all impressed. This book had a few good stories and it is a good supplement to a student, but it is somewhat lacking. Here are the Pros and Cons:
    Pros-
    The book is well organized and it covers a lot of Kanji
    A few stories are actually good
    Cons-
    The translations were terrible and needed more improving.
    It doesn't make you feel as if you're reading Japanese.
    Most of the stories, except 2 weren't very good.
    The translations are messy causing difficulty enjoying this book.

    Overall this book didn't help me at all. I read an actual Japanese novel and that actually taught me more than this book. So if you're learning Japanese I recommend you try reading an actual Japanese novel, trust me it will help you even more than this book.

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  • Posted October 21, 2009

    Perfect book for any student of Japanese language!

    This book features refreshing stories away from the usual "college" stories that one usually gets. There is a dictionary in the back which includes kanji so there is no real need to bring anything else (unless you are a true beginner at nihongo).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2009

    Student Review

    As a relatively new student of the Japanese language, I found this book to be a real gem. It provides a little something extra to improve your studies and apply various styles of grammar and writing which are good to read while learning. Having found few resources which actually allow you to look into Japanese literature while also being appropriate for various levels of experience with language, this book was a great find.

    The compilation of stories shows a lot of thought and consideration. There is a great progression of difficulty as well as a representation of various genres/styles of stories. The kanji in the story are mostly placed with hiragana beside them, but does not (in the same story) repeat that hiragana reading should that use of the kanji show up again. I found this inconvienient at first, but it promoted the learning of that kanji use. Also the dictionary in the back as well as translation notes improve your ability to read through the book, even at low levels of understanding. My only complaint would be that the included CD reads the stories too quickly, a problem solved with slowing the speed on a computer media player.

    If you're learning Japanese, this book will bring a new way for you to experience an application of the language in a way that is challenging, but not unrealistic, throughout the improvement of your own skill. I found this to be a creative and much needed addition to the small library of student resources for Japanese learners.

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    Posted December 14, 2009

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