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Basho’s Narrow Road: Two Works by Matsuo Basho

Matsuo Basho (1644–94) is, of course, history’s most famous master of haiku: the poetical form that so epitomizes the profound simplicity of Japanese aesthetics. Haiku provides something of a cultural link between the contemporary West, where it has become a popular poetic form, and traditional Japan. Hiroaki Sato’s book vastly augments the educational potential of our familiarity with haiku by supplying a wealth of context along with his unaffected and engaging translation of two importan...

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Accomplices of Silence: The Modern Japanese Novel

by Masao Miyoshi MICHIGAN CLASSICS IN JAPANESE STUDIES, NO. 15 ANN ARBOR: THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN, 1996 Miyoshi closely analyzes six representative novelists within a general context that considers Japanese cultural interaction with the novel defined as an imported Western form. The writers are Futabatei Shimei, Mori Ogai, and Natsume Soseki of the Meiji and early Taisho eras; and Kawabata Yasunari, Dazai Osamu, and Mishima Yukio of the Hirohito (Showa) years. Miyoshi reveals structural ...