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Paulownia: Seven Stories from Contemporary Japanese Writers

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Paulownia: Seven Stories from Contemporary Japanese Writers is a captivating collection of short stories that provides a diverse and insightful portrayal of modern Japanese life. The stories cover a wide range of themes, from the complexities of family relationships to the struggles of daily life in a rapidly changing society.

Each story is beautifully written and offers a unique perspective on Japanese culture and society. The characters are vividly drawn, and their experiences are both engaging and thought-provoking. The collection as a whole provides a wonderful glimpse into the rich tapestry of Japanese literature.

Overall, Paulownia is a must-read for anyone interested in exploring contemporary Japanese fiction. The stories are both emotionally resonant and intellectually stimulating, making this collection a true treasure for fans of literary fiction.

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Paulownia is a collection of seven stories by three Japanese authors from the late 19th and early 20th century.

Mori Ōgai was an army surgeon who was sent to study in Germany, where he developed an interest in Western literature. His most famous work is The Wild Geese (Gan). This collection contains his short stories Takase Bune, Hanako, and The Pier.

Nagai Kafū's writings center mostly around the entertainment districts of Tokyo with their geisha and prostitutes. Here, his stories The bill-collecting and Ukiyo-e are presented.

Shimazaki Tōson was one of the representatives of Japanese naturalism, which we can see in his stories A Domestic Animal and Tsugaru Strait.

Taketomo Torao, the editor and translator of this volume, translated many Western works into Japanese, for example the Rubayat, the Divine Comedy, and works by Shakespeare. He was also a writer in his own right.

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