Sōseki: Modern Japan’s Greatest Novelist (2018)
“Sōseki captures the soul of Japan’s greatest modern writer in the best tradition of biography. Here the venerated figure comes fully alive with his infuriating failings and astounding intelligence, his maddening ambitions and biting self-deprecations. The book also offers a vibrant portrayal of Japan’s rapidly transforming society—an extraordinary feast.”
– Minae Mizumura, author of Inheritance from Mother
“It’s been half a century since the appearance of the most recent English-language biography of Natsume Sōseki, one of the giants of twentieth-century world literature, so the arrival of John Nathan’s fine new study is cause for celebration. Sōseki’s life story often reads like one of his novels, and Nathan captures it in prose worthy of his subject.”
– Michael Bourdaghs, University of Chicago
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