Breaking into Japanese Literature Seven Modern Classics in Parallel Text

ISBN-10: 1568364156

ISBN-13: 9781568364155

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Authors: Giles Murray
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Description: Reading great books in the original should be the culmination of language study, but reading Japanese literature unassisted is a daunting task that can defeat even the most able of students.Breaking into Japanese Literatureis specially designed to help you bypass all the frustration and actually enjoy classics of Japanese literature.Breaking into Japanese Literaturefeatures seven graded stories covering a variety of genres: whether it's the spellbinding surrealism of Natsume Soseki'sTen Nights of Dreams, the humor of Akutagawa Ryunosuke's fable of temple life ("The Nose"), or the excitement of his historic thrillers ("In a Grove" and "Rashomon"), you are sure to find a story that appeals to you in this collection.The unique layout-with the original Japanese story in large print, an easy-to-follow English translation and a custom dictionary-was created for maximum clarity and ease of use. There's no need to spend time consulting reference books when everything you need to know is right there in front of your nose.To make Japanese literature fun, Breaking into Japanese Literature also has some unique extra features: mini-biographies to tell you about the authors' lives and works, individual story prefaces to alert you to related works of literature or film, and original illustrations to fire your imagination. Best of all, MP3 sound files of all the stories have been made available for FREE on the Internet.Breaking into Japanese Literatureprovides all the backup you need to break through to a new and undiscovered world-the world of great Japanese fiction. All the hard work has been taken care of so you can enjoy the pleasures of the mind. Why not take advantage?Learno 50% of all common-use kanji coveredo Kanji entry numbers given for follow-up studyo Japanese + English translation + custom dictionary on the same pageo Every single kanji word explainedListeno Free download of sound files from the NetLooko 7 original atmospheric illustrationsLinko Original stories for Kurosawa'sRashomonandDreamsAll the stories in this book are available on the Internet as MP3 sound files read by professional Japanese actors.For students who want to consolidate their understanding of kanji, the entry numbers for any of the 2,230 characters inThe Kodansha Kanji Learner's Dictionaryhave been provided when those characters feature inBreaking into Japanese Literature. This makes cross-referencing a matter of seconds.

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List price: $19.95
Publisher: Kodansha America, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/1/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946

Giles Murray was born in London in 1966. Aftergraduating from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, he moved to Tokyo tostudy Japanese. Among his translations are Kumiko Kakehashi's So Sad to Fall in Battle, MasahikoFujiwara's The Dignity of the Nation,and Yo Hemmi's Gush.

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