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Read Real Japanese Fiction: Short Stories by Contemporary Writers 1 Free CD Included [Paperback]

Michael Emmerich
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15 July 2013 1568365292 978-1568365299 Pap/Com Bl
Long-awaited by teachers and students, Read Real Japanese Fiction presents short works by six of todays most daring and provocative Japanese writers. The spellbinding world of Hiromi Kawakami; the hair-raising horror of Otsuichi; the haunting, poignant prose of Banana Yoshimoto; even the poetic word-play of Yoko Tawada whatever a readers taste, he or she is sure to find something of interest and value in this book, suitable for students at the intermediate level and above. As in real Japanese novels, the text on each page runs from top to bottom and from right to left. Each double-page spread features translations of all the difficult passages. In the back of the book, moreover, is a built-in Japanese-English learners dictionary and a notes section covering issues of nuance, usage, grammar and culture that come up in each story. Best of all, the books comes with a free audio CD containing narrations of the stories, performed by a professional voice actress.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Kodansha America, Inc; Pap/Com Bl edition (15 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568365292
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568365299
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 14.2 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 167,853 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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MICHAEL EMMERICH graduated from Princeton University. After completing research in Japanese literature studies at Ritsumeikan University in Tokyo, he went on to earn a Ph.D. in Japanese literature from Columbia University. He is the highly acclaimed translator of Nobel laureate Yasunari Kawabatas First Snow on Fuji; Banana Yoshimotos Asleep, Goodbye Tsugumi and Hardboiled & Hard Luck; Genichiro Takahashis Sayonara Gangsters; Mari Akasakas Vibrator; and Taichi Yamadas In Search of a Distant Voice.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Reading kids books in Japanese is fun for a while (and useful as a study aid). However, after a while you feel the need to read something with a little more depth. Real adult literature, however, lacks furigana and often contains some perplexing phrases.
Reading Real Japanese solves all those problems. I prefer this to the Japanese Literature reader, because it features more contemporary language. (the latter uses out of copyright texts featuring lots of archaic Japanese.)
I recommend this book for intermediate and above level students (JPLT level 2) If you are a lower level student, I recommend importing kids books from Amazon Japans site (it even lets u browse the site in English).
I often read Japanese translations of books that I had read as a child, because it made comprehension much easier.
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5.0 out of 5 stars subarashii! 23 Nov 2010
For intermediate and even reasonably competent Japanese language speakers this is a fantastic book. As the intro says there is a gap between tedious language textbooks and actual or real Japanese literature, and this book is a great filler. May be hard for beginners as the translations are not exact and assumes basic grammer and vocab knowledge - which is great for getting the (generally speaking) slightly lazy, native english speaker student to read a bit better and also a bit harder texts than they usually would. Very enjoyable read and the voice on CD is very clear and accessible.
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5.0 out of 5 stars amazing and handy! 29 Oct 2013
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I can listen to the books when doing menial tasks at work and sit and try to read/translate the books when I am at home. Brilliant!
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