WORDS, IDEAS, AND AMBIGUITIES: Four Perspectives on Translating from the Japanese, edited by Donald Richie. A Pacific Basin Institute Book, Imprint Publications, 2000, 88 pp., $19.95.

This volume is a faithful account of an important and stimulating series of colloquia held at the International House of Japan in May of 1998. The speakers were four very distinguished translators of Japanese literature, all academics from U.S. institutions: Professors Edwin McClellan of Yale; Edward Seidensticker, emeritus at Columbia; Howard Hibbett, emeritus at Harvard; and John Nathan, of the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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