Books | THE ASIAN BOOKSHELF Sep 27, 2009

Inner life of a giant revealed

by Donald Richie

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 ...

Books | THE ASIAN BOOKSHELF Aug 16, 2009

The pure horror of Hiroshima

by Donald Richie

In 1946, just after the first anniversary of the destruction of Hiroshima, "The New Yorker" magazine's Aug. 31 issue published the complete text of John Hersey's portrait of the atom bomb and its effects on the Japanese city. HIROSHIMA by John Hersey. London: Penguin Books, ...

Books | THE ASIAN BOOKSHELF Jun 7, 2009

Apichatpong Weerasethakul: No ordinary Joe

by Donald Richie

Perhaps no Asian film director since Akira Kurosawa has received the critical attention bestowed on 39 year-old Thai filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul. His "Blissfully Yours" won a major Cannes Festival prize in 2002; "Tropical Malady," took the 2004 Jury Prize and the Tokyo FilmEx first ...

Books | THE ASIAN BOOKSHELF May 24, 2009

From Meiji gentleman to 'Japanese Yankee'

by Donald Richie

This curiosity (a first-person account of the writer's gradual transformation from Meiji gentleman to self-proclaimed "Japanese Yankee") was first published in 1898 (by the Congregational Church) and never again seen until now. A JAPANESE ROBINSON CRUSOE by Jenichiro Oyabe, edited by Greg Robinson and Yujin ...