Cover image for Breaking into Japanese literature : seven modern classics in parallel text / Giles Murray.
Breaking into Japanese literature : seven modern classics in parallel text / Giles Murray.

Revised edition.
Publication Information:
Tokyo : New York : Kodansha USA, 2018.

Physical Description:
239 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm
General Note:
Title in Japanese: Nihongo o yomu tame no nanatsu no monogatari
1. The first night -- 2. The third night -- 3. The fifth night -- 4. The seventh night -- 5. In a grove -- 6. The nose -- 7. Rashōmon.
This is a graded reader for Japanese literature. There are 7 stories, 4 by Sōseki and 3 by Akutagawa, representing 3 different reading levels. In each case the story is presented in Japanese and English with a running dictionary of terms used. An audio version of the stories is available as MP3 files on the Internet.


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895.63 MUR Book Adult General Collection

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Breaking into Japanese Literature features seven graded stories covering a variety of genres- whether it's the spellbinding surrealism of Natsume Soseki's Ten Nights of Dreams, the humor of Akutagawa Ryunosuke's fable of temple life ("The Nose"), or the excitement of his historic thrillers ("In a Grove" and "Rashomon"), you are sure to find a story that appeals to you in this collection.The unique layout - with the original Japanese story in large print, an easy-to-follow English translation and a custom dictionary - was created for maximum clarity and ease of use. There's no need to spend time consulting reference books when everything you need to know is right there in front of your nose.To make Japanese literature fun, Breaking into Japanese Literature also has some unique extra features- mini-biographies to tell you about the authors' lives and works, individual story prefaces to alert you to related works of literature or film, and original illustrations to fire your imagination. Best of all, MP3 sound files of all the stories have been made available for FREE on the Internet. Breaking into Japanese Literature provides all the backup you need to break through to a new and undiscovered world - the world of great Japanese fiction. All the hard work has been taken care of so you can enjoy the pleasures of the mind. Why not take advantage?Learn 50% of all common-use kanji covered Kanji entry numbers given for follow-up study Japanese + English translation + custom dictionary on the same page Every single kanji word explainedListen Free download of sound files from the NetLook Original atmospheric illustrationsLink Original stories for Kurosawa's Rashomon and DreamsAll the stories in this book are available on the Internet as MP3 sound files read by professional Japanese actors.For students who want to consolidate their understanding of kanji, the entry numbers for any of the 2,230 characters in The Kodansha Kanji Learner's Dictionary have been provided when those characters feature in Breaking into Japanese Literature . This makes cross-referencing a matter of seconds.

Author Notes

GILES MURRAY lives in Tokyo where he works as a writer, translator, editor, and copywriter. He is the author of Kodansha International's best-selling "anti-textbook," 13 Secrets for Speaking Fluent Japanese, and appears as Jeremy Hilditch in the Japanese for Busy People- The Video series. Among his translations are Master Modeler- Creating the Tamiya Style (the autobiography of Shunsaku Tamiya, president of Tamiya Inc.) and Love Hina, a manga series about a bespectacled youth who becomes the janitor of a girls' dormitory.