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The Silver Spoon: Memoir of a Boyhood in Japan

Naka, Kansuke

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ISBN 10: 1611720192 / ISBN 13: 9781611720198
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Japan's most beloved memoir, from the early 20th century, "an extraordinarily beautiful evocation of the world of childhood" (Howard Hibbett). Translator(s): Sato, Hiroaki. Num Pages: 208 pages, B&W illustrations. BIC Classification: 1FPJ; 3JJC; BGLA; BM. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 212 x 149 x 16. Weight in Grams: 302. . 2015. Paperback. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9781611720198

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Perhaps the most admired childhood memoir ever written in Japan, The Silver Spoon is a sharp detailing of life at the end of the Meiji period (1912) through the eyes of a boy as he grows into adolescence. Innocence fades as he slowly becomes aware of himself and others, while scene after scene richly evokes the tastes, lifestyles, landscapes, objects, and manners of a lost Japan.

Kansuke Naka (1885 1965) was a Japanese poet, essayist, and novelist. He was a student of the great novelist Soseki Natsume, who lavishly praised the freshness and dignity? of Naka?s prose and encouraged the first publication of The Silver Spoon.

Hiroaki Sato is a writer, reviewer, and translator with over forty works of classical and modern Japanese poetry, prose, and fiction published in English. He has received the PEN American Center Translation Prize and the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission Prize for the Translation of Japanese Literature. He lives in New York City and writes a monthly column on politics and society for the Japan Times.

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Kansuke Naka (1885-1965) was a Japanese writer known primarily for his memoir of childhood, Gin no Saji (The Silver Spoon). He was a student of Japan's great novelist Natsume Soseki, who helped encourage and arrange its publication.

Hiroaki Sato is a prize-winning writer and translator with over 40 works of classical and modern Japanese poetry, prose, and fiction published in English. His reviews and articles have appeared in The Philadelphia Inquirer, The New York Times Book Review, AsiaWeek, Mainichi Daily News, St. Andrews Review, Journal of the Association of Teachers of Japanese, The Journal of American and Canadian Studies, Comparative Literature Studies, The Japan Times, The Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies, The Journal of Japanese Studies, Modern Haiku, Japan Focus, and others.

He has received the P.E.N. American Center Translation Prize and the Japan-United States Friendship Commission Japanese Literary Translation Prize.

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