Botchan

Botchan

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One of Japan's most popular novels, this timeless tale of a changing society combines old idealism with modern independence. Written in 1906 and loosely based on the author's life, it recounts the experiences of a teacher who moves from Tokyo to an isolated town. Botchan -- rash and impulsive in his actions, direct and frank in his speech -- is an especially popular figure with young readers, although the Times Literary Supplement noted, "This rollicking rebel, and the spice and pace of the narrative, will appeal to parent, teacher, and schoolchild alike." This edition offers an excellent translation of the author's poetic prose.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 124 x 188 x 10mm | 159g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0486479021
  • 9780486479026
  • 596,637

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One of Japan's most popular novels, this timeless tale of a changing society combines old idealism with modern independence. Written in 1906 and loosely based on the author's life, it recounts the experiences of a teacher who moves from Tokyo to an isolated town. Botchan--rash and impulsive in his actions, direct and frank in his speech--is an especially popular figure with young readers, although the Times Literary Supplement noted, "This rollicking rebel, and the spice and pace of the narrative, will appeal to parent, teacher, and schoolchild alike." This edition offers an excellent translation of the author's poetic prose.
Dover (2012) unabridged republication of the 1922 translation by Umeji Sasaki.
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About Soseki Natsume

Natsume Soseki (1867-1916) was the foremost Japanese novelist of his day. Botchan and Kokoro (also available from Dover) are among his best-known works. He was also a scholar of British literature and a poet whose picture formerly appeared on the 1,000-yen note.
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