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Spring Miscellany - Soseki Natsume

Paperback Published: 1st November 2002
ISBN: 9780804833264
Number Of Pages: 184

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For the first time, English readers have access to Soseki's Spring Miscellany. Originally published asEijitu Shohin in serial form in the Asahi newspaper in 1909, before appearing in book form,Spring Miscellany is an pastiche of twenty-five sketches, referred to as shohin (little items), heir to the great zuihitsu tradition of discursive prose. These personal vignettes are clearly autobiographical and reveal Soseki's kaleidoscopic view of his private world and his interest in authentic, unadorned self-expression.

The stories range from from episodes from his youth to his adult musings. Of special interest are the accounts of Soseki's stay in England between 1900 and 1902, where he attended University College, studied privately with W. J. Craig, editor of the Arden Shakespeare, and immersed himself in studying eighteenth-century literature. It was not a happy time for Soseki--he described his stay as like a poor dog that had wandered into the company of wolves"--but, as with all great writers, he managed to turn adversity into raw material for his art and to give us insight today into the life of an expatriate Japanese scholar at the turn of the century.

In his Introduction to the work, Sammy Tsunematsu, founder and curator of the Soseki Museum in London, provides a fresh perspective on Soseki as a man and a writer, as well as an insightful commentary on the work itself.

Introductionp. 7
New Year's Dayp. 13
The Snakep. 18
The Thiefp. 22
The Persimmonp. 29
The Brazierp. 33
The Boarding Housep. 38
Odor of the Pastp. 43
The Cat's Gravep. 47
A Sweet Dreamp. 52
Impressionsp. 56
The Human Beingp. 59
The Pheasantp. 64
Mona Lisap. 70
The Firep. 74
Fogp. 77
The Kakemonop. 81
The 11th of Februaryp. 85
A Good Bargainp. 87
The Processionp. 90
In Bygone Daysp. 93
The Voicep. 96
Moneyp. 99
The Heartp. 102
Changesp. 106
Craig Senseip. 110
The Carlyle Museump. 119
The Diary of a Bicycle Riderp. 133
Soseki's Letters from Londonp. 149
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ISBN: 9780804833264
ISBN-10: 0804833265
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 184
Published: 1st November 2002
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.32 x 13.34  x 0.64
Weight (kg): 0.2

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