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Nathan, John 1940-

Works: 100 works in 401 publications in 6 languages and 8,168 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Novels  Biographies  History  Novellas  Biography  Educational films  Psychological fiction  Internet videos  Documentary films 
Roles: Author, Translator, Director, Producer, Author of screenplay, Author of introduction, Narrator, Photographer, Interviewee, Editor, Scenarist
Classifications: PL833.I7, 895.635
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by John Nathan
Mishima : a biography by John Nathan( Book )

54 editions published between 1974 and 2006 in 7 languages and held by 1,184 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"At forty-five, Yukio Mishima was the outstanding Japanese writer of his generation, celebrated both at home and abroad for The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea. In 1970 he startled the world by stepping out onto a balcony in Tokyo before an assembly of troops and plunging a sword into his abdomen; a disciple then beheaded him, completing the ritual of hara-kiri. John Nathan's riveting biography traces the life of this tortured, nearly superhuman personality. Mishima survived a grotesque childhood, and subsequently his sadomasochistic impulses became manifest--as did an increasing obsession with death as the supreme beauty. Nathan, who knew Mishima professionally and personally, interviewed family, colleagues, and friends to unmask the various--often seemingly contradictory--personae of the genius who felt called by "a glittering destiny no ordinary man would be permitted." "--Provided by De Capo Press
Light and darkness : an unfinished novel by Sōseki Natsume( )

9 editions published between 2013 and 2016 in English and held by 1,121 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Light and Dark is a minutely observed study of haute-bourgeois manners on the eve of World War I. It is also a psychological portrait of a new marriage that achieves a depth and exactitude of character revelation that has not been equaled in Japanese literature. It tells the story of thirty-year-old Tsuda Yoshio: his coquettish young wife, O-Nobu; his unsparing younger sister, O-Hide; his self-deprecating friend, Kobayashi; and his employer's wife, Madam Yoshikawa, a conniving meddler. Their divergent interests explode into scenes of jealousy, rancor, and recrimination."--Page 4 of cover
A personal matter by Kenzaburō Ōe( Book )

52 editions published between 1968 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,014 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Bird, the protagonist of a Personal Matter, is a frustrated young intellectual in a failing marriage whose utopian dream is shattered when his wife gives birth to a brain-damaged child. More than once when confronted with a problem, he has "cast himself adrift on a sea of whiskey like a besotted Robinson Crusoe", but he has never faced a crisis as personal or grave as the prospect of life imprisonment in the cage of his infant son. Should he keep the baby? Dare he kill it? Before he makes his final decision, Bird's entire past rises up before him, revealing itself to be a nightmare of deceit."--Back cover
Japan unbound : a volatile nation's quest for pride and purpose by John Nathan( Book )

10 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 958 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Not since World War II has Japan faced a crisis like the one before it now. An apparently endless recession has weakened the foundations of the traditional family and severed the bond between Japan's corporations and employees. Unruly children turn classrooms into battlefields. Ultranationalist pride and xenophobia are celebrated in best-selling comic books and championed by media superstars including the governor of Tokyo. Upheavals across the society have significant ramifications for America. As the Japanese reject their traditions wholesale, they view their half-century-old connection to the United States with mounting skepticism." "Nathan unveils the horrors of the Japanese school system. He goes inside a "career transition service" to witness the novel, nuanced rituals of job-hunting Japanese-style. He takes the pulse of ordinary citizens who are caught up in the country's many profound social shifts, agitprop pop culture, emerging feminism, environmentalism, teenage consumerism, entrepreneurship and more."--Jacket
Teach us to outgrow our madness : four short novels by Kenzaburō Ōe( Book )

10 editions published between 1977 and 2000 in English and held by 897 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"These four novels display Oe's passionate and original vision. Oe was ten when American jeeps first drove into the mountain village where he lived, and his literary work reveals the tension and ambiguity forged by the collapse of values of his childhood on the one hand and the confrontation with American writers on the other. The earliest of his novels included here, Prize Stock, reveals the strange relationship between a Japanese boy and a captured black American pilot in a Japanese village. Teach Us to Outgrow Our Madness tells of the close relationship between an outlandishly fat father and his mentally defective son, Eeyore. Aghwee the Sky Monster is about a young man's first job -- chaperoning a banker's son who is haunted by the ghost of a baby in a white nightgown. The Day He Himself Shall Wipe My Tears Away is the longest piece in this collection and Oe's most disturbing work to date. The narrator lies in a hospital bed waiting to die of a liver cancer that he has probably imagined, wearing a pair of underwater goggles covered with dark cellophane."
Sony : the private life by John Nathan( Book )

28 editions published between 1999 and 2002 in 3 languages and held by 845 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An expert on Japanese culture uses his access to Sony's archives to chart that company's fascinating rise from the ashes of post-war Tokyo to a major international distributor of electronics and mass culture
In search of excellence( Visual )

25 editions published between 1984 and 2016 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 410 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Motivate your employees to be more innovative, responsive and committed than ever before! The In Search of Excellence video is one of the best selling training programs of all time. As you watch this intriguing and inspiring program - Tom Peters and Bob Waterman are your hosts and guides for a far-ranging, behind-the-scenes investigation of eight phenomenally successful organizations. The "In Search of Excellence" DVD training program is based on the best-selling book, In Search of Excellence. In the boardrooms, think tanks and training centers of a wide range of the world's best-run companies, you'll see how "Quality" and "Customer Service" have truly become a way of life. You'll see leadership in action and learn from the best. The DVD provides insights into management excellence, customer service, leadership, and much more. At Disney World, you'll witness the hard work that goes into guiding and training a staff to understand that a commitment to quality and customer care is vital for success. At Stew Leonard's Dairy, you will see how a passion for customers is translated into huge business success. On a visit to Apple Computers, you'll witness the birth of the Macintosh and watch as Steve Jobs leads his development team. You'll see how 3M encourages new product development by treating every manager as an entrepreneur. You'll also learn how 3M developed and marketed its legendary Post-It notes. At Dana Corporation, you'll see a factory manager meeting the challenge of increasing productivity through consultation and collaboration rather than confrontation. At North American Tool & Die, you'll watch Tom Melohn motivate his people to work for "no rejects." Moving to McDonald's you'll watch staff being rewarded and encouraged to strive for perfection. At IBM's Golden Circle retreat, you'll listen in as the legendary Buck Rogers talks corporate values to a spellbound sales force. Key Learning Points Show your team that Excellence is attainable Discover how to increase productivity by removing fear of failure Promote employee motivation Communicate corporate values Creatively link reward to performance for greater payoffs and profits
Sōseki : modern Japan's greatest novelist by John Nathan( Book )

11 editions published between 2018 and 2019 in English and held by 380 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Natsume Soseki (1867-1916) was the father of the modern novel in Japan, chronicling the plight of bourgeois characters caught between familiar modes of living and the onslaught of Western values and conventions. Yet even though generations of Japanese high school students have been expected to memorize passages from his novels and he is routinely voted the most important Japanese writer in national polls, he remains less familiar to Western readers in comparison to authors such as Kawabata, Tanizaki, and Mishima.In this biography, John Nathan provides a lucid and vivid account of a great writer laboring to create a remarkably original oeuvre in spite of the physical and mental illness that plagued him all his life. He traces Soseki's complex and contradictory character, offering rigorous close readings of Soseki's groundbreaking experiments with narrative strategies, irony, and multiple points of view as well as recounting excruciating hospital stays and recurrent attacks of paranoid delusion. Drawing on previously untranslated letters and diaries, published reminiscences, and passages from Soseki's fiction, Nathan renders intimate scenes of the writer's life and distills a portrait of a tormented yet unflaggingly original author. This biography elevates Soseki to his rightful place as a great synthesizer of literary traditions and a brilliant chronicler of universal experience who, no less than his Western contemporaries, anticipated the modernism of the twentieth century."--
The sailor who fell from grace with the sea by Yukio Mishima( Book )

32 editions published between 1965 and 2019 in English and held by 310 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores an adolescent's response to his mother's love affair with a handsome visitor to Yokohama--Novelist
The Colonel comes to Japan by John Nathan( Visual )

7 editions published between 1981 and 2009 in English and held by 91 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explains that when an American company sets up shop abroad, particularly in a culture as different from our own as Japan's, special considerations must come into play, as evidenced by this chronicle of Kentucky Fried Chicken's entry into the Japanese fast-food market
Zatoichi( Visual )

1 edition published in 2013 in Japanese and held by 61 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The colossally popular Zatoichi films make up the longest-running action series in Japanese history and created one of the screen's great heroes: an itinerant blind masseur who also happens to be a lightning-fast swordsman. Features the string of twenty-five Zatoichi films made between 1962 and 1973, starring Shintaro Katsu, collected in one package for the first time
Farm song( Visual )

8 editions published between 1978 and 2007 in English and Japanese and held by 52 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Documentary of the Kato family, a family of rice farmers in rural, northeastern Japan. Explores how each member of the four-generation family comes to terms with his or her traditional role, with special emphasis on the roles of the mother and daughters-in-law
Full moon lunch by John Nathan( Visual )

8 editions published between 1976 and 2007 in Japanese and English and held by 50 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A film about a Tokyo family catering service. Reflects on life in Japan today
Dites-nous comment survivre à notre folie : nouvelles by Kenzaburō Ōe( Book )

7 editions published between 1982 and 2005 in French and held by 42 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Deux drames marquent ces quatre nouvelles : la guerre - Kenzaburô Oé avait dix ans en 1945 -, et la naissance, en 1964, de son fils anormal qui lui a révélé le véritable chemin de la vie. Si les récits de Kenzaburô Oé ne sont jamais totalement autobiographiques, tous en revanche prennent naissance dans son expérience personnelle. Dans Gibier d'élevage, l'auteur décrit l'impact sur les esprits, dans un village montagnard, de la présence d'un prisonnier noir américain. Dans Dites-nous comment survivre à notre folie, nous sont contés les efforts d'un père pour nouer avec son fils handicapé mental, des relations aussi étroites et fines que possible. La dernière nouvelle est l'un des textes les plus déconcertants et les plus complexes de ce romancier qui fut couronné par le prix Nobel en 1994
Hong Kong dresses up by John Nathan( Visual )

4 editions published between 1983 and 2015 in English and held by 36 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores how free enterprise works in Hong Kong by examining the business success of entrepreneur S.T. King. Looks at his clothing company and the labor, marketing, and international trade conditions he must balance. Also addresses the question of Hong Kong's future status and business climate when Great Britain's lease expires in 1997
The Blind swordsman by John Nathan( Visual )

7 editions published between 1978 and 2008 in English and Japanese and held by 31 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A documentary portrait of Shintarō Katsu, actor, producer, director and creator of the popular Japanese film hero, Zato Ichi. Includes sequences showing Katsu at work, with his family, and enjoying Kyoto night life
The Diamond game( Visual )

3 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 28 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Eric Sevareid hosts this examination of the secretive diamond market, focusing on the role of De Beers diamond cartel in controlling the supply and price of diamonds. A box of diamonds is followed as the gems are graded, cleaved, sawed, polished, traded, then designed and sold as jewelry
Beyond excellence, the superachievers by John Nathan( Visual )

4 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents a series of intimate portraits of five extraordinary entrepreneurs: Steve Jobs of NeXT, Inc., formerly of Apple Computer; Mitch Kapor of Lotus; Lane Nemeth of Discovery Toys; Doug Tompkins of Esprit; and Fred Smith of Federal Express
Life after Death by John Nathan( Visual )

2 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Follows the development of Telophase Corporation, a California based company which tries to revolutionize the funeral industry by offering a cheaper, more efficient service: cremation
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Japan unbound : a volatile nation's quest for pride and purpose
A personal matterJapan unbound : a volatile nation's quest for pride and purposeTeach us to outgrow our madness : four short novelsSony : the private lifeThe sailor who fell from grace with the sea
Alternative Names
John Nathan Amerikaans filmregisseur

John Nathan cinéaste américain

John Nathan traductor estadounidense

John Nathan US-amerikanischer Übersetzer und Filmregisseur

Джон Нэйтан

جان ناتان کارگردان آمریکایی

جون ناثان مترجم أمريكي

네이던, 존 1940-


ネイスン, ジョン

English (252)

Japanese (22)

French (12)

Spanish (7)

Chinese (3)

Russian (1)