Book review: And the Earth Will Sit on the Moon

And the Earth Will Sit on the Moon

And the Earth Will Sit on the Moon:
Essential Stories
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by Nikolai Gogol
Pushkin Press
Release date ??
very confusing:
05/12/2019 in UK??
04/06/2021 in the US??
224 pages
Classics/Short stories/Russian Literature

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Short stories is far from being my favorite literary genre, to say the least. But knowing that Nikolai Gogol is THE Russian genius in this domain, I couldn’t miss the opportunity to review And the Earth Will Sit on the Moon, an upcoming collection of five of his most famous stories. Click to continue reading

Book review: The Gate

The Gate

The Gate
by Natsume Soseki
First published in Japanese in 1910
Translated by William F. Sibley
With an introduction
by Pico Iyer
NYRB Classics
ISBN13: 9781590175873
(different cover)
2012
Literary fiction/Japanese literature
256 pages

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In the introduction to my edition, Pico Iyer highlights that “Japanese literature is often about nothing happening, because Japanese life is, too.” So I was expecting The Gate (the last book of the trilogy after Sanshiro and And Then, illustrating what “then” might have happened) to be on a quieter side than the previous two books, but actually, I thought there was a lot happening!

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Book review: And Then

And Then

And Then
by Natsume Soseki
First published in Japanese in 1909
Translated by Norma Moore Field
With an Afterword
by the translator herself
Tuttle Publishing
ISBN13: 9784805311417
2011
Literary fiction/Japanese literature
246 pages

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After reading Sanshiro, I realized this was the first book of a trilogy, so now to the second book: And Then.
I read it both for the Japanese Literature Challenge, and for The Classics Club.

It is in this trilogy (Sanshiro; And Then; The Gate), “that we see the emergence of the mature novelist.” If Sanshiro is the story of a timid young man, frightened and paralyzed by the new world he is thrown in, And Then is “about troubled adulthood”, and The Gate about middle age.

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