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Book Review: Breaking Into Japanese Literature

Author:Nicolas Delerue, Issue: September 2004, Topic: Books

Published by Kodansha

Have you ever tried to read a book in Japanese? If you think it would be too difficult for you, you should consider reading "Breaking into Japanese literature". In this book, seven modern classics have been adapted to make them easy to read for beginners. The text is written in kanji, but furigana (hiragana on top of the kanji) give you the pronunciation of each word, and a very complete dictionary at the bottom of the page gives you the meaning of almost all the words (kanji) on the page. In case this is still not enough for you, a translation in English of the text is presented on the opposite page. So even if you are not very confident with your level in Japanese, this book will give you a good opportunity to start reading Japanese texts...

The seven texts featured in this book come from Natsume Soseki's "Ten nights of dreams" and Akutagawa Ryunosuke's short stories. If you do not know these two authors, do not worry; the book also includes their biographies (in English).

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