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Early works of Japanese literature were heavily influenced by cultural contact with China and Chinese literature, often written in Classical Chinese. Indian literature also had an influence through the diffusion of Buddhism in Japan. Eventually, Japanese literature developed into a separate style in its own right as Japanese writers began writing their own works about Japan, although the influence of Chinese literature and Classical Chinese remained until the end of the Edo period. Since Japan reopened its ports to Western trading and diplomacy in the 19th century, Western and Eastern literatu ...more
“ A certain recluse monk once remarked, ‘I have relinquished all that ties me to the world, but the one thing that still haunts me is the beauty of the sky. ”
I started this group on idea that I had as a reader. I was constantly finding books in foreign l…more
[close] I started this group on idea that I had as a reader. I was constantly finding books in foreign languages that I am/was unable to read. I thought wouldn't it be great if I could ban together translators, authors and publishers together to possibly make English versions available to non-multilingual people? and also, books from other countries like the UK and Australia not available to those in the USA? I'm looking for translators who are dual-lingual, in their native tongue and in English. French, Italian, German, Dutch, Spanish, all apply here. My idea is to take the original book, translate it, publish it to Smashwords or somewhere similar, see how it gains an audience to an American publisher may pick it up and publish it, possibly give it a better translation. I'm not sure how all this work, legally, but it's worth taking a shot at! If this takes off, I'd like to start a website, to collaborate with reviewers, other bloggers, authors, publishers and freelance translators. We would work on translations, take requests, communicate with authors and publishers and review said books. if we cannot translate, I'd like to at least spread the knowledge of the books in hopes that they'd picked up by a USA publisher.
51 members, last active 5 months ago
Keep up with the books we're reading in the Seattle-based PNW JET Alumni Association!
[close] Keep up with the books we're reading in the Seattle-based PNW JET Alumni Association!
21 members, last active 3 years ago
[close] Reading Genji
2 members, last active 3 years ago
A place to discuss all the unique aspects of Deaf culture as highlighted in the thriller Silent …more
[close] A place to discuss all the unique aspects of Deaf culture as highlighted in the thriller Silent Fear (A novel inspired by true crimes) by Lance & James Morcan. This group can also be an intersection of sorts where Deaf and hearing people can engage and learn from each other.
956 members, last active 17 days ago
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