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Natsume Soseki goes back to hell in 'The Miner'

Oct 24, 2015

Natsume Soseki goes back to hell in 'The Miner'

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Natsume Soseki’s 1908 novel “The Miner” has often been regarded as an oddity. It stands aloof both in subject matter and style from the two great “trilogies” Soseki penned between 1908 and 1914. The Miner, by Natsume Soseki, Translated by Jay Rubin. 264 pages ...

Hotel Iris: Sexual obsession in a drab island resort

Oct 24, 2015

Hotel Iris: Sexual obsession in a drab island resort

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“The Housekeeper and the Professor” may be Yoko Ogawa’s most critically acclaimed and well-known work, but her 1996 novel “Hotel Iris” is a more beguiling tale that evinces the mystery and violence of love. Hotel Iris, by Yoko Ogawa, Translated by Stephen Snyder.164 pagesVintage, ...

The long and short of male circumcision in Japan

Oct 3, 2015

The long and short of male circumcision in Japan

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For most of its history the Japanese archipelago knew nothing of circumcision. Contact with missionaries and merchants from Europe did little to raise awareness of the custom, and the procedure does not seem to have been a high priority for the promoters of Western ...