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One of the most powerful short stories ever written: Yukio Mishima’s masterpiece about the erotics of patriotism and honor, love and suicide.
The Key is the story of a dying marriage, told in the form of parallel diaries.
Here is Tanizaki at his best, displaying--in a first international edition--the skills that made Mishima call his writing above all, delicious, like French or Chinese cuisine.
Dreamlike, intensely atmospheric, at times autobiographical and at others fantastical, these stories reflect Kawabata's abiding interest in the miniature, the wisp of plot reduced to the essential.
First Snow on Fuji is concerned with forms of presence and absence, with being, with memory and loss of memory, with not-knowing.
The Lake is the history of an obsession. It traces a man's sad pursuit of an unattainable perfection, a beauty out of reach, admired from a distance, unconsummated.
The heartbreaking story of love shattered by the realities of battle reveals Soseki’s attitude toward the Russo-Japanese War of 1904–5.
Natsume Soseki's only coming-of-age novel, Sanshiro depicts the eponymous twenty-three-year-old protagonist as he leaves the sleepy countryside to attend a university in the constantly moving real world of Tokyo.
From the author of Rashomon comes a Swiftian satire of Japanese society thinly disguised as the fictitious Kappaland.
This fascinating collection gave birth to a new paradigm when Akira Kurosawa made famous Akutagawa's disturbing tale of seven people recounting the same incident from shockingly different perspectives.
In old Japan, sexual love among the samurai was permissible, and often matured into lifelong companionships. Comrade Loves of the Samurai touches the subject of both normal and abnormal love with honesty and tenderness.