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Modern Japanese Stories: An Anthology

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This collection shows the qualities that make Japanese literature among the world's finest.

Including "Under Reconstruction," considered to be the first modern Japanese short story, this book presents the short stories of Japan as among the world's most satisfying.

Edited by Ivan Morris, a recognized authority on Japanese literature, Modern Japanese Stories: An Anthology is
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Paperback, 512 pages
Published January 1st 2005 by Tuttle Publishing (first published January 1st 1962)
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Alexander Páez
No solo tiene algunos de los mejores relatos que se han escrito en la literatura japonesa, sino que encima la edición es espectacular, repleta de ilustraciones y con una muy buena traducción. Si queréis paladear diferentes estilos, autores y épocas, esta antología es imprescindible.
Tosh
Oct 26, 2007 Tosh rated it it was amazing
I think originally put together sometime in the 60's this is an classic anthology of Japanese fiction stories. It's a great place to start if one doesn't have a place to start. As you can gather from my list of books, I really love Japanese literature - but mostly 19th and 20th century writing.

A lot of Japanese writing has that 'personal' tone down really well. In fact there is a school of ficition called the "I Novel" or "I Story," where you sort of under the spell of the narrator or storytell
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Alor Deng
May 09, 2015 Alor Deng rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: japanese
A fantastic anthology of Japanese Literature. It features short stories from the masters(Mishima, Kawabata, and Tanizaki), as well as other Japanese writers that I had only heard of but never read. Of the 25 stories, however, there are- as always- some "must-reads".

Yokomitsu Riichi : Machine
Tanizaki Junichiro : Tattoo
Kikuchi Kan : On the Conduct of Lord Tadanao
Inoue Yasushi : Shotgun
Mishima Yukio : The Priest and His Love

From these five alone you'll see why I laud Japanese literature so much. I
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DeanJean
Apr 19, 2014 DeanJean rated it really liked it
If anyone needs a brief introduction to Japanese literature, this is a good place to start.

This anthology series focuses mainly on Japan's post-war literary period, featuring authors such as Dazai Osamu, Tanizaki Junichiro and Yukio Mishima (I borrowed this book because of Mr Mishima but I found lots of good authors in here too :-) )
Trevor Kew
Mar 15, 2016 Trevor Kew rated it really liked it
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Lots of great stories by some of the most famous Japanese authors of the twentieth century. I particularly love Tanizaki's "Tattoo," Kikuchi's "On the Conduct of Lord Tadanao," Saisei's "Older Brother, Younger Sister" and Akutagawa's "Autumn Mountain." The only problems with this collection is that the word "Modern" is misleading given that it was published in the 1960s and talks about Yukio Mishima as a promising young author (he committed suicide via seppuku soon afterward), and that it doesn' ...more
Michael
Oct 29, 2007 Michael rated it really liked it
The excellent stories of this anthology bridge the traditional old Japan with the postwar new Japan and illustrate many of the changes experienced by the Japanese across social strata, age and gender. The stories by Shiga, Hayama and Niwa were my favorites.
meeners
read to get material for a class i'm teaching. a good mix of stuff here. translations make everyone sound the same, though, which is a real pity. story intros are often extremely outdated.
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Ivan Ira Esme Morris (29 November 1925 – 19 July 1976) was a British author and teacher in the field of Japanese Studies.

Ivan Morris was born in London, of mixed American and Swedish parentage, to Ira Victor Morris and Edita Morris. He studied at Gordonstoun, before graduating from Phillips Academy. He began his study of Japanese language and culture at Harvard University, where he received a BA.
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