Read Real Japanese Fiction: Short Stories by Contemporary Writers

Read Real Japanese Fiction: Short Stories by Contemporary Writers

Paperback Language: English / Japanese

By (author) Michael Emmerich

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  • Publisher: Kodansha International Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 192 pages
  • Language: English / Japanese
  • Dimensions: 142mm x 208mm x 24mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 2 June 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Tokyo
  • ISBN 10: 4770030584
  • ISBN 13: 9784770030580
  • Edition: Bilingual edition
  • Edition statement: Bilingual
  • Sales rank: 80,495

Product description

Long-awaited by teachers and students, Read Real Japanese Fiction presents short works by six of todays most daring and provocative Japanese writers. The spellbinding world of Hiromi Kawakami; the hair-raising horror of Otsuichi; the haunting, poignant prose of Banana Yoshimoto; even the poetic word-play of Yoko Tawada whatever a readers taste, he or she is sure to find something of interest and value in this book, suitable for students at the intermediate level and above. As in real Japanese novels, the text on each page runs from top to bottom and from right to left. Each double-page spread features translations of all the difficult passages. In the back of the book, moreover, is a built-in Japanese-English learners dictionary and a notes section covering issues of nuance, usage, grammar and culture that come up in each story. Best of all, the books comes with a free audio CD containing narrations of the stories, performed by a professional voice actress.

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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.