Paperback Kokoro / Natsume Soseki ; translated by Edwin McClellen.
Publication year: 2007
Edition: [New ed.] / introduced by Damian Flanagan.
Publisher: London : Peter Owen,
Resource type: Physical
ISBN: 0720612977 9780720612974 (pbk.) :
Previous ed. of this translation originally published: Chicago: Regnery, 1957; London: Peter Owen, 1968.
The novel centres around the friendship between the narrator and the man he calls Sensei, who is haunted by mysterious events in his past. As the friendship grows and the narrator gets to know more about the man he so admires he is increasingly intrigued by this hidden history. On one level a meditation on the changing face of Japanese culture and its attitudes towards honor, friendship, love, and death as well asa sly subversion of all of these things, this novel centers around the friendship between the narrator and the man he calls Sensei, who is haunted by mysterious events in his past. As the friendship grows and the narratorlearns more about the man he so admires, he is increasingly intrigued by his hidden history. The Sensei refuses todivulge anything until thenarrator is called away to look after his sick father, and the truth is finallyrevealedamidst tragic circumstances.
Translated from the Japanese.
Original title: Kokovo. English
Series title: UNESCO collection of representative works.
xxix, 248 p. : port. ; 20 cm.