The Three-Cornered World

The Three-Cornered World

by Natsume Soseki
     
 

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"An artist abandons city life to wander into the mountains to meditate, but when he decides to stay at a near-deserted inn he soon finds himself drawn to the daughter of the innkeeper. This strange and beautiful woman is rumoured to have abandoned her husband and fallen in love with a priest at a nearby temple. The artist becomes entranced by her tragic aura. She… See more details below

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"An artist abandons city life to wander into the mountains to meditate, but when he decides to stay at a near-deserted inn he soon finds himself drawn to the daughter of the innkeeper. This strange and beautiful woman is rumoured to have abandoned her husband and fallen in love with a priest at a nearby temple. The artist becomes entranced by her tragic aura. She reminds him of Millais's portrait of Ophelia drowning and he wants to paint her. Yet, troubled by a certain quality in her expression, he struggles to complete the portrait until he is finally able to penetrate the enigma of her life." Interspersed with philosophies of both East and West, Soseki's writing skillfully blends two very different cultures in this unique representation of an artist struggling with his craft and his environment.

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Library Journal
Written in the early 1900s, this novel was translated from the Japanese in 1965. Soseke's novel follows an artist sojourning in the mountains to meditate, but his plans go astray when he meets a young woman with whom he becomes entranced. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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"Soseki is the representative modern Japanese novelist, a figure of truly national stature."  —Haruki Murakami

"The greatest Japanese novelist of the modern period."  —Sunday Telegraph

"A writer to be judged by the highest standards. His works create, after the fashion of all great writers, a new and completely individual reality."  —Spectator

"Vastly refreshing . . . Soseki doesn’t shrink from seeking and finding exquisite pearls of beauty."  —Guardian

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399506079
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
08/05/1982
Series:
The Perigee Japanese Library
Pages:
184
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 5.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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