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  • The Izu Dancer and Other Storiesby Yasunari Kawabata; Yasushi Inoue

    Tuttle Publishing 2011; US$ 14.95

    Four stories from two of Japan's most beloved and acclaimed fiction writers. The Izu Dancer was the story that first introduced Kawabata's prodigious talent to the West. This story was originally published in The Atlantic Monthly, in 1958. Stories by Inoue include, “The Counterfeiter,” “Obasute,” and “The Full Moon.”... more...

  • Seven Japanese Talesby Junichiro Tanizaki

    Tuttle Publishing 2011; US$ 16.95

    In these seven stories, Tanizaki, the author of The Makioka Sister s explores the territory where love becomes self-annihilation, where the contemplation of beauty gives way to fetishism, and where tradition becomes an instrument of refined cruelty. A young man is erotically imprisoned by the memory of his mother. A tattoo artist transforms the body... more...

  • Hawaii End of the Rainbowby Kazuo Miyamoto

    Tuttle Publishing 2011; US$ 12.95

    This is the story of the Japanese who immigrated to Hawaii around the turn of the present century, worked as forced laborers on the sugar plantations, and afterwards remained in Hawaii to work as free men and to raise families. It is the story also of their children, born and raised in Hawaii, and who, during World War II, won fame and glory for themselves... more...

  • The Columbia Anthology of Chinese Folk and Popular Literatureby Victor H. Mair; Mark Bender

    Columbia University Press 2011; US$ 38.99

    In The Columbia Anthology of Chinese Folk and Popular Literature , two of the world's leading sinologists, Victor H. Mair and Mark Bender, capture the breadth of China's oral-based literary heritage. This collection presents works drawn from the large body of oral literature of many of China's recognized ethnic groups?including the Han, Yi, Miao,... more...

  • Early Korean Literatureby David McCann

    Columbia University Press 2012; US$ 29.99

    Preeminent scholar and translator David R. McCann presents an anthology of his own translations of works ranging across the major genres and authors of Korean writing?stories, legends, poems, historical vignettes, and other works?and a set of critical essays on major themes. A brief history of traditional Korean literature orients the reader to the... more...

  • This Generationby Han Han

    Simon & Schuster 2012; US$ 16.00

    For those who follow Chinese affairs, Han Han is as controversial as they come?an irreverent singer, sports celebrity, and satirist whose brilliant blogs and books have made him a huge celebrity with more than half a billion readers. Now, with this collection of his essays, Americans can appreciate the range of this rising literary star and get a fascinating... more...

  • Tales of Moonlight and Rainby Akinari Ueda; Anthony Chambers

    Columbia University Press 2006; US$ 23.99

    First published in 1776, the nine gothic tales in this collection are Japan's finest and most celebrated examples of the literature of the occult. They subtly merge the world of reason with the realm of the uncanny and exemplify the period's fascination with the strange and the grotesque. They were also the inspiration for Mizoguchi Kenji's brilliant... more...

  • The Demon at Agi Bridge and Other Japanese Talesby Haruo Shirane; Burton Watson

    Columbia University Press 2011; US$ 23.99

    Burton Watson and Haruo Shirane, renowned translators and scholars, introduce English-speaking readers to the vivid tradition of early and medieval Japanese anecdotal (setsuwa) literature. These orally narrated and written tales drew on both local folk tradition and continental sources. Taken from seven major anthologies of anecdotal literature compiled... more...

  • Humans, Beasts, and Ghostsby Zhongshu Qian; Christopher G. Rea

    Columbia University Press 2010; US$ 29.99

    Zhongshu Qian was one of twentieth-century China's most ingenious literary stylists, the author of short stories, essays, and a brilliant comedic novel that has inspired generations of Chinese readers. Writing between the early years of the Second Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945) and the Communist takeover in 1949, Qian was a pioneering modernist and... more...

  • Just Livingby Steven D. Carter

    Columbia University Press 2005; US$ 27.99

    One of the best scholar-translators in the field presents a selection of writings by Tonna (1289--1372), an outstanding medieval Buddhist poet-monk, very little of whose work has been translated until now. Tonna was regarded as the leading NijoŻ poet of his day and was known as one of the Four Deva Kings of the Waka. This anthology contains translations... more...