Japansk skönlitteratur

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A reader's guide to japanese literature

Rimer, Thomas J.
Kodansha

Read real japanese, Essays (book + CD-audio)

Ashby, Janet
All you need to enjoy eight contemporary writers. (Banana Yoshimoto, Haruki Murakami, Ryuichi Sakamoto m.fl.)
Kodansha, 238 pgs.

8 stimulating essays with translations of all the complex passages

Japanese-english dictionary for quick lookup, tailored to your needs

Notes explain subtleties of nuance, usage, grammar, and culture

Free CD with audio narrations performed by a professional actress

Profiles of the individual writers place the works in context

Read real japanese, Fictions (book + CD-audio)

Emmerich, Michael
Kodansha, 265 pgs.

6 short stories in vertical text with translations of all the complex passages

Japanese-english dictionary for quick lookup, tailored to your needs

Notes explain subtleties of nuance, usage, grammar, and culture

Free CD with audio narrations performed by a professional actress

Profiles of the individual writers place the works in context

Urashima and the Kindom Beneath the Sea (två-språkig japanska/engelska)

McCarthy, Ralph F.
Kodansha, 47 p.
The brave yound fisherman who visits the Kingdom Beneath the Sea in this magical legend is sometimes thought of as Japan's own Rip Van Winkle. The glowing colors and exotic patterns of Shiro Kasamatsu's illustrations, originally painted half a century ago, lend a unique air of enchantment to a classic folk tale, retold in lilting verse by writer, translator and lyricist Ralph F. McCarthy.

The inch-high Samurai (två-språkig japanska/engelska)

McCarthy, Ralph F.
Kodansha, 47 p.
The brave little boy who sailed to the Capital in a teacup to win the love of a Lady is a japanese cousin to Tom Thumb.

The Adventures of Momotaro, the peach boy (två-språkig japanska/engelska)

McCarthy, Ralph F.
Kodansha, 47 p.
Perhaps the most beloved of all Japanese folk tales is the story of Momotaro, the boy born from a peach. Momotaro's expedition to the Land of the Dreams accompanied by his faithful companions, the Dog, the Monkey, and the Pheasant, is filled with fun and excitement for all young readers.

Exploring japanese literature (read Mishima, Tanizaki and Kawabata in the Original)

Murray, Giles
Kodansha, 351 pgs.
  • Classic tales of ritual suicide, decadence adn geisha romance by Japan's greatest twentieth-century novelists
  • Parallel-text format with large print and a custom dictionary explaining all words as they appear in the stories
  • Online forum for sharing your questions, interpretations and insights with other readers at speaking-japanese.com

Breaking into japanese literature (seven modern classics in parallel text)

Murray, Giles
Kodansha, 239 pgs.

Reading great books in the original should be the culmination of language study, but reading japanese literature unassisted is a daunting task that can defeat even the most able of students. Breaking into Japanese literature is specially designed to help you bypass all the frustrations and actually enjoy classics of japanese literature.