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JAPANESE LITERATURE.

JAPANESE LITERATURE.

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1 BLYTH, R. H. (TRANSLATED AND EXPLAINED BY). Senryu: Japanese Satirical Verses.
The Hokuseido Press: 1949. First Edition (Unstated). h Hardcover with dustjacket. Fair condition. 
According to the author, "Senryu are expressions of moments of vision into, not the nature of things, but the nature of man." Also discusses the distinctions between Haiku and Senryu. There are numerous illustrations in this book, some in color, drawn by Sobun Taniwaki. 
Price: 142.50 USD
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2 KENJI, MIYAZAWA; STRONG, SARAH M. (TRANSLATION & GUIDE); BARNARD, BRYN (ILLUSTRATIONS). Night Of The Milky Way Railway.
M.E. Sharpe, Inc., Armonk & London: 1991. 0873328205 / 9780873328203 First Printing. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Good condition but the dustjacket is slightly worn. 
Riding a magical night train on a celestial railway through the universe, two young friends encounter a host of unusual characters: a celestial corps of army engineers, a comical paleontologist digging away at the banks of the Milky Way, electrical squirrels, and shipwrecked children amid lighthouses for double stars. As we follow their journey we begin to realize this is more than a child's tale. Miyazawa Kenji (1896-1933), one of Japan's most beloved poets and writers, has superimposed the Buddhist universe on the night sky and created an irresistable and sublime glimpse of a hereafter that is limited only by the reader's imagination. Translated into English from the Japanese by Sarah M. Stong. 
Price: 342.24 USD
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3 MISHIMA, YUKIO. Death In Midsummer And Other Stories.
New Directions, New York: 1966. 0811201171 / 9780811201179 Ninth Printing. s Softcover. Good condition. 
Recognized throughout the world for his brilliance as a novelist and playwright, Yukio Mishima was also noted as a master of the short story in his native Japan, where the form is practiced as major art. Nien of his finest stories were selected by Mishima himself for translation in this book; they represent his extraordinary ability to depict, with deftness and penetration, a wide variety of human beings in moments of significance. Often his characters are sophisticated modern Japanese who turn out to be not so liberated from the past as they had thought. Translated into English from the Japanese by Donald Keene, Ivan Morris, Geoffrey Sargent, and Edward Seidensticker. 
Price: 8.50 USD
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4 MORI, OGAI. The Wild Geese.
Charles E. Tuttle Company, Rutland / Tuttle: 1959. First Edition. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Good condition. 
As Japan reached the end of the exciting Meiji period and of her transition into the modern world, there appeared a novel that captured the flavor of the era and preserved it for generations to come. This was The Wild Geese by Ogai Mori, and it was destined to become a classic. In this story of unfulfilled love, set against a background of social change, Ogai portrays with compassion and strange beauty the drama of a girl forced by poverty to become a moneylender's mistress. Translated into English from the Japanese by Kingo Ochiai and Sanford Goldstein. 
Price: 52.01 USD
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