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An excellent reader for intermediate students,
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This collection of excellent short stories is well translated and carefully explained. Personally I would have preferred more hiragana in the narrative rather than italicizing the explanations although I guess this is to make it more accessible to beginner readers. Most importantly, it does acclimatise the reader to the kind of sentence constructions used in Japanese literature which differ from those used in factual narratives or spoken dialogues.
The stories range from confessional monologues to quite esoteric musings but they're never boring. The first story about a bored housewife is actually one of my favourites, and gives a feel for the unusual perspective adopted by some of the authors.
All English explanations are on adjacent pages to the written Japanese so once you get good at reading the Japanese you can cover up the English. A must-have for serious Japanese learners!