The Tower of London: Tales of Victorian London

Overview

Soseki’s acutely observed recollections of his unique experience as a Japanese scholar in Victorian London.

 

The spectacle of a Japanese visitor to Victorian London was a rare one, and Natusme Soseki's observations contain unique snaptshots of London life. This new translation provides the perfect introduction to the work of one of the world's greatest authors, accompanied for the first time with a comprehensive critical introduction, and a wry fictional account of a ...

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Overview

Soseki’s acutely observed recollections of his unique experience as a Japanese scholar in Victorian London.

 

The spectacle of a Japanese visitor to Victorian London was a rare one, and Natusme Soseki's observations contain unique snaptshots of London life. This new translation provides the perfect introduction to the work of one of the world's greatest authors, accompanied for the first time with a comprehensive critical introduction, and a wry fictional account of a meeting between Soseki and Sherlock Holmes.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Released in 1910, The Gate is among top Japanese novelist Soseki's best-known works. A man suddenly abandons his loving wife to enter a life of contemplation in a Zen temple. He goes looking for answers but finds only more questions. The Tower of London is a collection of pieces written during the author's two-year stay in London for study. He used several of the city's historic attractions as mythical symbols (e.g., the Thames is the River Styx, etc.). More for the lit crowd, although libraries serving large Japanese populations might also want to invest, especially in The Gate. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780720612349
  • Publisher: Owen, Peter Limited
  • Publication date: 7/31/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Natsume Soseki is Japan’s most revered writer, whose works continue to attract vast quantities of critical scrutiny and debate. His influence, both on contemporary Japanese authors and throughout East Asia and beyond, has been immense.

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Table of Contents

A brief biography of Natsume Soseki 39
Soseki in London 47
Letter from London 53
Bicycle diary 77
The Tower of London 91
The Carlyle Museum 117
Lodgings 133
The smell of the past 137
A warm dream 140
Impression 143
Fog 146
Long ago 149
Professor Craig 152
App 'The yellow lodger' 161
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