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REFLECTIONS IN A GLASS DOOR: Memory and Melancholy in the Personal Writings of Natsume Soseki, by Marvin Marcus. Honolulu: Hawaii University Press, 2009, 268 pp., $49 (hardcover)

Author of a well-received study of the biographical writings of Mori Ogai (“Paragons of the Ordinary,” 1993), Marvin Marcus now turns to the man widely regarded as the most important novelist of the Meiji Era, Natsume Soseki (1867-1916), author of “Wagahai Wa Neko de Aru” (I Am a Cat), “Kokoro,” and “Botchan.”

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