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Natsume, Sōseki 1867-1916

Works: 3,852 works in 9,942 publications in 27 languages and 54,545 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Novels  History  Short stories  Short stories, Japanese  Literature  Domestic fiction  Juvenile works  Biographies  Comic books, strips, etc 
Roles: Author, Author of screenplay, Bibliographic antecedent, Creator, Other, Honoree, Illustrator, Artist
Classifications: PL812.A8, 895.634
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Kokoro by Sōseki Natsume( Book )

354 editions published between 1914 and 2019 in 18 languages and held by 2,755 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Thieves, gamblers, prostitutes, confidence men: these and other such types mingled with priests, merchants, and ordinary citizens along the great trunk road between Edo (Tokyo) and Kyoto in early 19th century Japan. This colorful cast of thousands eddies and swirls around ne'er-do-well narrator Katsu Kochiki (1802-1850). Written after he had retired and adopted the name "Musui" (dream-besotted), Katsu's memoirs provide a rich and often amusing account of everyday life in Japan when it was still isolated from the rest of the world
Botchan by Sōseki Natsume( Book )

300 editions published between 1907 and 2017 in 15 languages and held by 2,489 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The setting is Japan's deep south, where the author himself spent some time teaching English in a boys' school. Into this conservative world, with its social proprieties and established pecking order, breezes Botchan, down from the big city, with scant respect for either his elders or his noisy young charges; and the result is a chain of collisions large and small
Light and darkness : an unfinished novel by Sōseki Natsume( )

149 editions published between 1917 and 2019 in 5 languages and held by 2,237 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Japan's preeminent modern novelist, Natsume Sôseki (1867-1916), may be better known for his works of fiction Kokoro, Botchan, and I Am a Cat, than for his last novel, Meian, uncompleted at his death, which remains something of an enigma -- a neglected masterpiece. A simple plot summary doesn't do it justice: the marriage of Tsuda and O-Nobu is threatened when Kobayashi and others begin dropping hints about another woman. Tsuda departs on a trip to rendezvous with the woman in question, Kiyoko, his former fiancée. The novel is a study of human character, a marriage tested, and what it means to be an individual in the modern world." --
I am a cat by Sōseki Natsume( Book )

192 editions published between 1907 and 2017 in 5 languages and held by 1,550 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

I Am a Cat satirizes the follies of upper-middle-class Japanese society during the Meiji era
The three cornered world by Sōseki Natsume( Book )

196 editions published between 1914 and 2020 in 10 languages and held by 1,407 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of an artist who retreats to a country resort hotel and becomes involved in a series of mysterious encounters
Theory of literature and other critical writings by Sōseki Natsume( )

19 editions published between 2008 and 2012 in English and held by 1,287 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Although Natsume Soseki is widely celebrated as Japan's greatest modern novelist, he began his writing career as a literary theorist and scholar of English literature. He would later look back on his Theory of Literature (1907) as an immature and unfinished work, but it is in fact an astonishingly original attempt at constructing a model for understanding all literature through the experience of reading." "The Theory of Literature foreshadows the ideas and concepts that would later form the critical foundations of formalism, structuralism, reader-response theory, cognitive science, and postcolonialism. It remains an unprecedented work of literary theory, unmistakably modern yet also clearly (and self-consciously) non-Western. In a later series of lectures and essays, Soseki continued to develop his ideas. This material, some of it never before translated into English, is also included in the volume. The editors offer a critical introduction that contextualizes Soseki's theoretical project historically and explores its contemporary legacy."--Jacket
Reflections in a glass door : memory and melancholy in the personal writings of Natsume Sōseki by Sōseki Natsume( )

14 editions published between 2009 and 2016 in English and held by 1,126 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Much has been written about Natsume Soseki (1867-1916), one of Japan's most celebrated writers. Known primarily for his novels, he also published a large and diverse body of short personal writings (shohin) that have long lived in the shadow of his fictional works. The essays, which appeared in the Asahi shinbun between 1907 and 1915, comprise a fascinating autobiographical mosaic, while capturing the spirit of the Meiji era and the birth of modern Japan. In Reflections in a Glass Door, Marvin Marcus introduces readers to a rich sampling of Soseki's shohin. The writer revisits his Tokyo childhood, recalling family, friends, and colleagues and musing wistfully on the transformation of his city and its old neighborhoods. He painfully recounts his two years in London, where he immersed himself in literary research even as he struggled with severe depression. A chronic stomach ailment causes Soseki to reflect on his own mortality and what he saw as the spiritual afflictions of modern Japanese: rampant egocentrism and materialism. Throughout he adopts a number of narrative voices and poses: the peevish husband, the harried novelist, the convalescent, the seeker of wisdom. Marcus identifies memory and melancholy as key themes in Soseki's personal writings and highlights their relevance in his fiction. He balances Soseki's account of his Tokyo household with that of his wife, Natsume Kyoko, who left a straightforward record of life with her celebrated husband. Soseki crafted a moving and convincing voice in his shohin, which can now be pondered and enjoyed for their penetrating observation and honesty, as well as the fresh perspective they offer on one of Japan's literary giants
And then : Natsume Sōseki's novel Sorekara by Sōseki Natsume( Book )

152 editions published between 1910 and 2018 in 5 languages and held by 941 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Daisuke, the protagonist, is a man in his twenties who is struggling with his personal purpose and identity as well as the changing social landscape of Meiji-era Japan. As Japan enters the Twentieth Century, ancient customs give way to western ideals, and Daisuke works to resolve his feelings of disconnection and abandonment during this time of change. Thanks to his father's wealth, Daisuke has the luxury of having time to develop his philosophies and ruminate on their meaning while remaining intellectually aloof from traditional Japanese culture and the demands of growing industrialization. Then Daisuke's life takes an unexpected turn when he is reunited with his college friend and his sickly wife. At first, Daisuke's stoicism allows him to act according to his intellect, but his intellectual fortress begins to show its vulnerabilities as his emotions start to hold greater sway over his inner life. Daisuke must now weigh his choices in a culture that has always operated on the razor's edge of societal obligation and personal freedom."--Page 4 of cover
Grass on the wayside = Michikusa : a novel by Sōseki Natsume( Book )

140 editions published between 1914 and 2018 in 4 languages and held by 848 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Grass on the Wayside (Michikusa), Soseki's only autobiographical novel, was written in 1915 when he was forty-eight. He was ill at the time and died the following year. This is an intensely personal document in which the author describes his loneliness, the failure of his marriage, and above all his sense of the futility of human relationships. No one in Japan before Soseki had written with such concern about his own marriage or with such intelligence about his private life." --Back cover
Sanshiro : a novel by Sōseki Natsume( Book )

225 editions published between 1909 and 2020 in 9 languages and held by 796 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"One of Soseki's most beloved works of fiction, the novel depicts the 23-year-old Sanshiro leaving the sleepy countryside for the first time in his life to experience the constantly moving 'real world' of Tokyo, its women and university. In the subtle tension between our appreciation of Soseki's lively humour and our awareness of Sanshiro's doomed innocence, the novel comes to life. Sanshiro is also penetrating social and cultural commentary."--Jacket
The gate by Sōseki Natsume( Book )

42 editions published between 1972 and 2019 in 8 languages and held by 582 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Humble clerk and his loving wife scrape out a quiet existence on the margins of Tokyo. Resigned, following years of exile and misfortune, to the bitter consequences of having married without their families' consent, and unable to have children of their own, Sosuke and Oyone find the delicate equilibrium of their household upset by a new obligation to meet the educational expenses of Sosuke's brash younger brother
To the spring equinox and beyond by Sōseki Natsume( Book )

110 editions published between 1912 and 2017 in 5 languages and held by 530 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Legendary Japanese novelist Soseki Natsume dissects the human personality in all its complexity in this unforgettable narrative. Keitaro, a recent college graduate, lives a life intertwined with several other characters, each carrying their own emotional baggage. Romantic, practical, and philosophical themes enable Soseki to explore the very meaning of life
The wayfarer = Kōjin by Sōseki Natsume( Book )

135 editions published between 1914 and 2020 in 6 languages and held by 490 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ben shu you si ge zhong pian xiao shuo gou cheng,Fen bie wei< peng you>< ge ge>< hui lai zhi hou> yu< fan nao>
The wayfarer. Kōjin by Sōseki Natsume( Book )

18 editions published between 1967 and 1987 in English and held by 443 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This novel involves the hero Ichiro, his wife Onao, and his brother Jiro in a triangle. As their drama unfolds, the novel gradually assumes unexpected implications
Mon by Sōseki Natsume( Book )

49 editions published between 1948 and 2013 in English and Japanese and held by 375 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A humble clerk and his loving wife scrape out a quiet existence on the margins of late-Meiji Tokyo. Resigned, following years of exile and misfortune, to the bitter consequences of having married without their families' consent, and unable to have children of their own, S?suke and Oyone find the delicate equilibrium of their household upset by a new obligation to meet the educational expenses of S?suke's brash younger brother. While an unlikely new friendship appears to offer a way out of this bind, it also soon threatens to dredge up a past that could once again force them to flee the capital. Desperate and torn, S?suke finally resolves to travel to a remote Zen mountain monastery to see if perhaps there, through meditation, he can find a way out of his predicament. This moving and deceptively simple story, a melancholy tale shot through with glimmers of joy, beauty, and gentle wit, is an understated masterpiece by the first great writer of modern Japan. At the end of his life, Natsume S?seki declared The Gate, originally published in 1910, to be his favorite among all his novels. This new translation at last captures the original's oblique grace and also corrects numerous errors and omissions that marred the first English version
Breaking into Japanese literature : seven modern classics in parallel text by Giles Murray( Book )

8 editions published between 2003 and 2018 in English and held by 233 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is a graded reader for Japanese literature. There are 7 stories, 4 by Sōseki and 3 by Akutagawa, representing 3 different reading levels. In each case the story is presented in Japanese and English with a running dictionary of terms used. An audio version of the stories is available as MP3 files on the Internet
Wo shi mao by Sōseki Natsume( Book )

85 editions published between 1936 and 2019 in Chinese and held by 225 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ben shu zhu ren gong yi yi zhi mao de shen fen, Fu shi zhe ri ben dang shi de she hui, Fu shi zhe er shi shi ji suo wei xian dai wen ming de da chao, Tong shi fa chu zhong zhong chao nong he ji feng
Ten nights' dreams by Sōseki Natsume( Book )

63 editions published between 1915 and 2020 in 3 languages and held by 214 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Ten Nights' Dreams is a collection of ten short stories or dreams. Among the ten nights, the first, second, third, and fifth nights start with the same sentence, "This is the dream I dreamed." Each dream has a surrealistic atmosphere. Some are funny, and others are grotesquely weird. Did Soseki try to express what he actually dreamed? Or was his subconscious emerging spontaneously in the form of narrative dream?"--P. [4] of cover
The miner by Sōseki Natsume( Book )

44 editions published between 1943 and 2018 in 4 languages and held by 188 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Miner is the most daringly experimental and least well-known novel of Japanese writer Natsume Soseki. An absurdist tale written in 1908, it was in many ways a precursor to the work of James Joyce and Samuel Beckett. Translated by Jay Rubin, and with an introduction from Haruki Murakami, this is bound to appeal to fans of Japanese literature."
Natsume Sōseki by Sōseki Natsume( Book )

36 editions published between 1960 and 2008 in Japanese and Chinese and held by 181 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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WorldCat IdentitiesRelated Identities
BotchanI am a catThe three cornered worldTheory of literature and other critical writingsReflections in a glass door : memory and melancholy in the personal writings of Natsume SōsekiAnd then : Natsume Sōseki's novel SorekaraSanshiro : a novelThe gate
Alternative Names
Hsia-mu, Shu-shih 1867-1916

Hsia-mu, Shushih, 1867-1916

Kinnosuke, Natsume

Kinnosuke Natsume 1867-1916

Matsume, Soseki

Nacumė Kinoskė

Nacume, Sooseki

Nacüme Sooseki 1867-1916

Nacume Soseki

Nacumė, Sosėki 1867-1916

Nacumė Sosekis

Nacume, Szószeki

Nasseume, Soseki

Nasseume, Soseki 1867-1916

Naṭsumah, Sosaḳi

Nātsūmah, Sūsahkī

Natsumé Kinnosuké

Natsume Kin'nosuke 1867-1916

Nat︠s︡u̇mė, Soosėki

Nat︠s︡umė, Sosėki

Natsume, Sōseki 1867-1916

Natsume Sōseki écrivain japonais

Natsume Sōseki Jaapani romaanikirjanik

Natsume Sōseki Japanese novelist

Natsume Sōseki japanischer Schriftsteller der Meiji-Zeit

Natsume Soseki Japans schrijver

Natsume Sōseki novel·lista japonès

Natsume Soseki novelist japonez

Natsume Sōseki novelista japonés

Natsume Sōseki novelista xaponés

Natsume, Souseki, 1867-1916.

Natṣumīh, Ṣūsiki

Natume, Sôseki

Natusme, Sōseki, 1867-1916.

Shushi 1867-1916

Sooseki 1867-1916


Sōseki 1867-1916

Sōseki, Nacume, 1867-1916

Sóseki Nacume japonský spisovatel

Sōseki, Natsume.

Sō̄seki, Natsume, 1867-1916

Sōseki Natsume Japanilainen kirjailija

Sōseki Natsume japoński pisarz

Sōseki Natsume romancier japonez

Sōseki Natsume scrittore giapponese

Xiamu, Shushi.

Xiamu, Shushi 1867-1916

Нацуме Сосеки

Нацуме Сосеки јапонски романописец

Нацуме, Сосекі

Нацуме, Сосэки

Нацумэ, Кинносукэ, 1867-1916

Нацумэ, Киноске, 1867-1916

Нацумэ Сасэкі

Нацумэ, Сосэки

Нацүмэ, Соосэки

Сосэки, Нацумэ

Сосэки Нацумэ 1867-1916

Сосэкі Нацумэ

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נאטסומה, סוסאקי

נצומה סוסקי מחבר רומנים יפני

סוסקי, נטסומה

ناتسومه سوزکی نویسنده و شاعر ژاپنی

ناتسومى سوسيكى

ناتسومي سوسيكي روائي ياباني

نتصميه, صوسك

नात्सुमे सोसेकी

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긴노스케 1867-1916

나스메 소세끼 1867-1916

나스메 소오세끼 1867-1916

나스메 쇼세키 1867-1916

나쓰메 긴노스케 1867-1916

나쓰메, 소세키

나쓰메 소세키 일본 근대 소설가

나쓰메 소오세끼 1867-1916

나쓰메 소오세키 1867-1916

나쓰메 킨노스케 1867-1916

나쯔메 소세끼 1867-1916

나쯔메 소오세끼 1867-1916

나쯔메 소오세키 1867-1916

나츠메 소세키 1867-1916

나츠메, 소오세키

나츠메 소오세키 1867-1916

하목금지조 1867-1916

하목수석 1867-1916

ナツメ, キンノスケ

ナツメ, キンノスケ 1867-1916

ナツメ, ソウセキ

ナツメ, ソウセキ 1867-1916


夏目 漱石 1867-1916

夏目, 金之助

夏目 金之助 1867-1916


夏目潄石, 1867-1916

夏目漱石 日本の明治時代の小説家

夏目漱石 日本作家

夏目漱石 日本小说家

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夏目金之助 1867-1916

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