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Kei Ishiyama Interview

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A Japanese manga artist who published her graphic novels in Germany.
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Flavor of the Month: November 2011

Free Book of the Month in English!

Now you can read or listen to the free audio book
"The Japanese Reporter" in English free.

The Japanese Reporter

by Mrs. Everard Cotes (courtesy of LibriVox) Arranged by Lawrence J. Burpee (1873-1946)
Part of Humour of the North

Some day an enterprising editor may find time to glean from the whole field of Canadian literature a representative collection of wit and humour.... The present little collection obviously makes no such ambitious claim. It embraces, however, what are believed to be representative examples of the work of some of our better-known writers, many of which will no doubt be quite familiar to Canadian readers, but perhaps none the less welcome on that account. (Summary from the Introduction)

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Japanese Book of the Month!

太宰治『走れメロス』
Run, Melos! by Osamu Dazai (1909–1948)

津軽の大地主の六男として生まれる。共産主義運動から脱落して遺書のつもりで書いた第一創作集のタイトルは「晩年」(昭和11年)という。この時太宰は27歳だった。その後太平洋戦争に向う時期から戦争末期までの困難な間も、妥協を許さない創作活動を続けた数少ない作家の一人である。戦後「斜陽」(昭和22年)は大きな反響を呼び、若い読者をひきつけた。[青空文庫より]

久々に読み返した『走れメロス』。こんなに短編だったんですね。読み終わって心に残ったこと – メロスが誘惑に負けそうになって友達を見捨てようとしたこと。セリヌンティウスが一瞬友達を疑ったこと。 これを互いに正直に打ち明けたところです。皆さんの読後感はいかがなものでしょうか?千津子

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