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NOWAKI, by Natsume Soseki, translated and with an afterword by William N. Ridgeway. Center for Japanese Studies, The University of Michigan, 2011, 120 pp., $15 (paperback)

As the translator notes in his afterword, and Donald Keene and Angela Yiu suggest in quotations used as blurbs on the back cover, Natsume Soseki is one of the giants of 20th century Japanese literature; and probably Ridgeway does not go too far in calling Soseki “the most admired” of all, by the Japanese themselves.

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