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by Natsume Soseki & Edwin McClellan

Thought-provoking and beautifully written, this trilogy of stories explores the very heart of loneliness and stands as a stirring introduction to one of Japan's most widely read modern authors.


by Natsume Soseki

As the most widely-read piece of modern Japanese literature, Botchan captures a society caught between modernist impulses and traditional culture, the divide between urban and rural life, and the tension sincerity...

Light and Dark: A Novel

by Natsume Soseki & John Nathan

Light and Dark, Natsume Soseki’s longest novel and masterpiece, although unfinished, is a minutely observed study of haute-bourgeois manners on the eve of World War I. It is also a psychological portrait of...


by Natsume Soseki

No collection of Japanese literature is complete without Natsume Soseki's Kokoro, his most famous novel and the last he complete before his death. Published here in the first new translation in more than fifty...


by Natsume Soseki & Meredith McKinney

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

Natsume Soseki's Kusamakura follows its nameless young artist-narrator on a meandering...

My Individualism and the Philosophical Foundations of Literature

by Natsume Soseki, Inger Brodey & Sammy I. I. Tsunematsu

Published here for the first time in English, My Individualism and The Philosophical Foundations of Literature are essays which explore issues close to famed Japanese novelist Soseki Natsume's heart: the philosophical...

Inside My Glass Doors

by Natsume Soseki & Sammy Tsunematsu

Originally published as Garusudo no Uchi in daily serialization in the Asahi newspaper in 1915, before appearing in book form, this is the first time Inside My Glass Doors has been published in English. It is...

I Am a Cat

by Natsume Soseki & Aiko Ito

"A nonchalant string of anecdotes and wisecracks, told by a fellow who doesn't have a name, and has never caught a mouse, and isn't much good for anything except watching human beings in action..." —The New...

The Gate

by Natsume Soseki, William F. Sibley & Pico Iyer

An NYRB Calssics Original

A humble clerk and his loving wife scrape out a quiet existence on the margins of Tokyo. Resigned, following years of exile and misfortune, to the bitter consequences of having married...

Ten Nights Dreaming: and The Cat's Grave

by Natsume Soseki, Treyvaud Matt & Michael Emmerich

A murderer discovers his true nature from a talking infant, a samurai is frustrated in his attempts to meditate, and a dying man bestows his hat on a friend in these surrealistic short stories. The dream-like,...

The Miner

by Natsume Soseki & Jay Rubin

The Miner is the most daringly experimental and least well-known novel of the great Meiji writer Natsume Soseki. An absurdist tale about the indeterminate nature of human personality, written in 1908, it was...