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Breaking into Japanese Literature: 7 Modern Classics in Parallel Text

Reading great books in the original language should be the culmination of language study, but reading Japanese literature unassisted is a daunting task that can defeat even the most able of students. Breaking into Japanese Literature is specially designed to help you bypass all the frustration and actually enjoy classics of Japanese literature.

Breaking into Japanese Literature features seven graded stories covering a variety of genres, from the spellbinding surrealism of Natsume Soseki's Ten Nights of Dreams and the humor of Akutagawa Ryunosuke's fable of temple life ("The Nose"), to the excitement of his historic thrillers ("In a Grove" and "Rashomon").

The layout, with the original Japanese story in large print, an easy-to-follow English translation and a custom dictionary, was created for maximum clarity and ease of use. There's no need to spend time consulting reference books when everything you need to know is right there in front of your nose.

To make Japanese literature fun, Breaking into Japanese Literature also has some unique extra features: mini-biographies to tell you about the authors' lives and works, individual story prefaces to alert you to related works of literature or film, and original illustrations to fire your imagination.

Written by Giles Murray.


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