The Arts of Japan

Sanshirō

Natsume, SōsekiPenguin Classics · 2009

Cover of Sanshirō

One of Soseki's most beloved works of fiction, the novel depicts the 23-year-old Sanshirō leaving the sleepy countryside for the first time in his life to experience the constantly moving 'real world' of Tokyo, its women and university. In the subtle tension between our appreciation of Soseki's lively humour and our awareness of Sanshirō's doomed innocence, the novel comes to life. Sanshirō is also penetrating social and cultural commentary.

Details

Title
Sanshirō
Translation of
三四郎 (Sanshirō)
Publication Date
2009
Language
English
Media
Print
Page Count
288
Format
Paperback
ISBN 13
9780140455625
Author
Natsume, Sōseki
Translator
Rubin, Jay
Introduction
Murakami, Haruki
Publisher
Penguin Classics

Blurb

Sōseki's work of gentle humour and doomed innocence depicts twenty-three-year-old Sanshiro, a recent graduate from a provincial college, as he begins university life in the big city of Tokyo. Baffled and excited by the traffic, the academics and - most of all - the women, Sanshirō must find his way amongst the sophisticates that fill his new life. An incisive social and cultural commentary, Sanshirō is also a subtle study of first love, tradition and modernization, and the idealism of youth against the cynicism of middle age.

In his introduction, Haruki Murakami reflects on his fascination with Sanshirō, how the story differs from a European coming-of-age novel and why it has come to be a perennial classic in Japan.

This edition also contains suggestions for further reading, notes and a chronology.

Table of Contents

  • Note on Japanese Name Order and Pronunciation
    vii
  • Chronology
    viii
  • Introduction
    xxiii
  • Further Reading
    xxxviii
  • Translator's Note
    xli
  • Sanshirō
    1
  • Notes
    229

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