Kwaidan Book Club
This Committee is responsible for putting on Kwaidan Book Club, Our Book Club. Kwaidan Book Club is our "Read Japan" aspect where members have an opportunity to read and discuss a Japanese related book. Kwaidan Book Club typically meets once a month. Meeting dates and locations are listed on JSNO's Events Calendar.
If you are interested in joining this committee or need any more in depth information, please contact Gissel Ferriol at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the month of November, we will be reading and discussing “Kokoro” by Natsume Sōseki, the great Japanese modern novel.
“Soseki is the representative modern Japanese novelist, a figure of truly national stature.” —Haruki Murakami
*Please help support Tubby & Coo's Mid-City Book Shop by ordering your copy through them. Make sure to mention that it is for the Kwaidan Book Club (Japan Society of New Orleans's Book Club) for a special discount!
ABOUT THE BOOK:
No collection of Japanese literature is complete without Natsume Soseki's Kokoro, his most famous novel and the last he completed before his death. Published here in the first new translation in more than fifty years, Kokoro—meaning "heart"—is the story of a subtle and poignant friendship between two unnamed characters, a young man and an enigmatic elder whom he calls "Sensei." Haunted by tragic secrets that have cast a long shadow over his life, Sensei slowly opens up to his young disciple, confessing indiscretions from his own student days that have left him reeling with guilt, and revealing, in the seemingly unbridgeable chasm between his moral anguish and his student's struggle to understand it, the profound cultural shift from one generation to the next that characterized Japan in the early twentieth century.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
NATSUME SŌSEKI (1867-1916), one of Japan's most influential modern writers, is widely considered the foremost novelist of the Meiji era (1868-1914) and a master of psychological fiction. As well as his works of fiction, his essays, haiku, and kanshi have been influential and are popular even today.
ABOUT THE TRANSLATOR:
MEREDITH MCKINNEY (translator) holds a PhD in medieval Japanese literature from the University in Canberra, where she teaches in the Japan Centre. She lived and taught in Japan for twenty years and now lives near Braidwood, New South Wales. Her other translations include Ravine and Other Stories, The Tale of Saigyo, and for Penguin Classics, The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon, and Kusamakura.