Recommended by Linda Flores, and 1 others. See all reviews

Ranked #11 in Japanese, Ranked #55 in Lonelinesssee more rankings.

No collection of Japanese literature is complete without Natsume Soseki's Kokoro, his most famous novel and the last he completed before his death in 1916. Published here in the first new translation in more than fifty years, Kokoro—meaning "heart"—is the story of a subtle and poignant friendship between two unnamed characters, a young man and an enigmatic elder whom he calls "Sensei". Haunted by tragic secrets that have cast a long shadow over his life, Sensei slowly opens up to his young disciple, confessing indiscretions from his own student days that have left him reeling... more

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Linda Flores This novel articulates the sensibilities of the late Meiji era and the tensions of a modernising nation. (Source)

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