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Flavor of the Month: Summer 2015

Free Book in English!

Paulownia: Seven Stories from
Contemporary Japanese Writers

Paulownia is a collection of seven stories by three Japanese authors from the late 19th and early 20th century. 

Mori Ōgai 森鴎外 was an army surgeon who was sent to study in Germany, where he developed an interest in Western literature. His most famous work is The Wild Geese (Gan). This collection contains his short stories Takase Bune, Hanako, and The Pier. 

Nagai Kafū's 永井荷風 writings center mostly around the entertainment districts of Tokyo with their geisha and prostitutes. Here, his stories The bill-collecting and Ukiyo-e are presented.

Shimazaki Tōson 島崎藤村 was one of the representatives of Japanese naturalism, which we can see in his stories A Domestic Animal and Tsugaru Strait. 

Taketomo Torao, the editor and translator of this volume, translated many Western works into Japanese, for example the Rubayat, the Divine Comedy, and works by Shakespeare. He was also a writer in his own right. [Courtesy of LibriVox]

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『おぢいさんのランプ』新美南吉著
Grandfather’s Lamp by Nankichi Niimi

2015年春の訪日時、上野公園内の国際児童図書館に立ち寄りました。 3階のこどもミュージアムでは近代「日本の子どもの文学展示会 」

を時間に拘束されず楽しむことが出来ました。1891年頃には子どもの文学は大人とは違うジャンルとして認識されていたそうです。富国強兵の明治期、大正デモクラシー、度重なる戦争を経て日本の子どもの文学は変遷しました。

今日は、第2次世界大戦中に出版された、新美南吉の『おぢいさんのランプ』(1942年)を皆さんと一緒に読みましょう。新美南吉の生まれた愛知県半田市は、私の生まれ故郷に近く、私の母校刈谷高校には半田から通っている友人が何人もいました。国立国会図書館「近代デジタルライブラリー」のデジタル画像でどうぞ。棟方志功の版画が読む楽しみを増幅させてくれます。千津子

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