Author(s): Sôseki Natsume; Natsume Sôseki; Meredith McKinney (Translator, Introduction by)


A stunning new English translation--the first in more than forty years--of a major novel by the father of modern Japanese fiction


Natsume Soseki's Kusamakura--meaning "grass pillow"--follows its nameless young artist-narrator on a meandering walking tour of the mountains. At the inn at a hot spring resort, he has a series of mysterious encounters with Nami, the lovely young daughter of the establishment. Nami, or "beauty," is the center of this elegant novel, the still point around which the artist moves and the enigmatic subject of Soseki's word painting. In the author's words, Kusamakura is "a haiku-style novel, that lives through beauty." Written at a time when Japan was opening its doors to the rest of the world, Kusamakura turns inward, to the pristine mountain idyll and the taciturn lyricism of its courtship scenes, enshrining the essence of old Japan in a work of enchanting literary nostalgia.

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Natsume Soseki (1867-1916) is one of the best-known Japanese authors of the 20th century and considered as the master of psychological fiction. As well as his works of fiction, his essays, haiku, and kanshi have been influential and are popular even today. Meredith McKinney holds a PhD in medieval Japanese literature from the University in Canberra, where she teaches in the Japan Centre. Her other translations include Ravine and Other Stories, The Tale of Saigyo, and for Penguin Classics, The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon.

General Fields

  • : 9780143105190
  • : Penguin Publishing Group
  • : Penguin Publishing Group
  • : 0.122
  • : January 2008
  • : 195mm X 127mm X 12mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Sôseki Natsume; Natsume Sôseki; Meredith McKinney (Translator, Introduction by)
  • : Paperback
  • : English
  • : 895.6342
  • : 176