Golden Kin-Yōbi: 3 – Columbia University Press

We’re back with another Golden Kin-Yōbi, a day of opportunity for lovers of J-Lit 🙂  Our generous donors today are Columbia University Press, who release a wide range of fascinating Japanese books, both fiction and non-fiction.

Which of their books are being offered as prizes?  Well, it’s one of their most recent publications, and it’s a chance to try one of Japan’s most famous writers – in a book which few English speakers will have read…

Natsume Soseki was the first of my J-Lit Giants, and in his home country he is arguably seen as the most famous Japanese writer of the modern era.  He is known for such works as Kokoro, Botchan, I am a Cat and Kusamakura, but one of his best books has just reappeared in English with a new translation by John NathanLight and Dark is Natsume’s final work, his longest novel – one I’ve just finished reading and enjoyed immensely 🙂

Set on the eve of World War One, it is described as “a minutely observed study of haute-bourgeois manners” and “a psychological portrait of a new marriage that achieves a depth and exactitude of character revelation that had no precedent in Japan at the time of its publication and has not been equaled since”.  In the introduction, translator John Nathan compares the style to Henry James, and while Soseki uses much shorter sentences than the Anglo-American writer, the way he analyses his characters’ thoughts is very similar.

Sounds like something you’d like to read?  Well, CUP are offering three copies, with worldwide postage for the winners, so you might just get the chance sooner than you thought 🙂

If you’d like to win a copy of Light and Dark, simply comment below, leaving your name and an e-mail addressFor courier purposes, the winners will also have to provide me with a telephone number once I’ve confirmed the names (not yet!).  There’s no need to follow me, either here, on Facebook or on Twitter (unless you want to, of course!) – anyone can enter, and everyone has an equal chance of winning 🙂

Entries will close at 8 p.m. (AEST) on Thursday, January the 23rd (that’s 9 a.m. on Thursday, London time), and the winners will be announced in the next Golden Kin-Yōbi post (the winners, naturally, will be chosen using some kind of random on-line draw thingy).  So, what are you waiting for?  Get commenting, and good luck!

And, of course, we need to announce the winners of last week’s prizes!

A copy of Yasushi Inoue’s Bullfight goes to Lizzy Siddal
A copy of Ryu Murakami’s Coin Locker Babies goes to Reuven Pinnata
A copy of Murakami’s Popular Hits of the Showa Era goes to Jacqui
A copy of Murakami’s Sixty-Nine goes to Ally (Snow Feathers)

I will be in contact with the winners shortly – thanks again to Pushkin Press for the great prizes 🙂


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17 Responses to Golden Kin-Yōbi: 3 – Columbia University Press

  1. M says:

    Would love to have a copy of Light and Dark.

    mgifford 01 @


  2. lizzysiddal says:

    Would it be naughty for me to enter again, after bagging a book last week? Thing is, I have a copy of Shiskin's The Light and The Dark in the TBR and I think a comparative post of these non-identical (I assume) twins might be interesting …..


  3. Chris says:

    Thanks for the opportunity to read more Soseki



  4. Tony Malone says:

    Lizzy – No worries 😉


  5. Carola says:

    Congratulations to the winners! 🙂



  6. Ash says:

    Speaking of Soseki, University of Michigan is hosting an international conference in April that's free an open to the public!

    Ash Brown
    phoenixterran (at) gmail (dot) com


  7. Tony Malone says:

    Ash – If only I lived on the same side of the planet as Michigan… *sighs*


  8. Ally says:

    Thank you so much for the book 🙂 I am trying not to be greedy, one of the reasons I did not enter the first giveaway, but I am going to enter this one as well 🙂


  9. Rise says:

    Please count me in for this book.



  10. Jesse says:

    Thanks so much for offering these books!

    Jdrian2 (at) gmail (dot) com


  11. That sounds like a great novel, and I'd love to read it. Thanks for the giveaway.


  12. Oops, you'll need my email address, just in case… leeswammes at gmail dot com


  13. I love Soseki, have read 2 by him, would love win this one.
    thanks for the giveaway!
    Emma @ Words And Peace.
    ehc16e at yahoo dot com


  14. It would seem greedy to enter again, but one does not pass along a Soseki.
    Reuven Pinnata
    reuven [dot] pinnata [at] gmail [dot] com


  15. Marina Sofia says:

    I seem to remember this novel was unfinished at the time of his death (and no, I haven't read it, so would love to have the opportunity to do so). Have they just left it as is, or tried to source an ending for it?


  16. Jacqui (@jacquiwine) says:

    This does sound excellent…having won a Ryu Murakami in your Pushkin giveaway I feel I should pass on this one! Funnily enough, I recently bought Soseki's 'The Gate'. Have you read it, by any chance (apologies if I've missed a review or reference to it)?


  17. Tony Malone says:

    And time's up! Winners will be posted in tomorrow's giveaway post 🙂


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