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Japan Society Book Club: Something Strange Across the River by Kafu Nagai

11 December — 7:00 pm


Monday 11 December 2017                      7.00pm

The Japan Society
13 / 14 Cornwall Terrace
London NW1 4QP

Free for Japan Society Members
Book online here

Available from Abe BooksBook Depository and Amazon
Japanese original available here

First published in 1937, Something Strange Across the River is both modern and nostalgic. It shows a changing city, it’s slums, backstreets, temples and shrines, a city filled with erudite establishments and brothels. It shows a man trying to justify his life, and a glimpse into the creative process and a gentle eulogy on things passing.

The book club is held every month. There is no restriction on the nationality of the authors read, but books should be available in translation in both Japanese and English. The discussion is conducted mainly in English, but you can choose the language in which you read the book. The intention is simple: to explore the themes of the book, express personal opinions on the style and content, discuss how the book has changed (or not) in translation and to have a relaxed discussion with others who have similar interests.

Kafu Nagai (1879-1959) was the pseudonym of the Japanese author, playwright, essayist, and diarist Nagai Sokichi. His works are noted for their depictions of life in early 20th-century Tokyo, especially among geisha, prostitutes, cabaret dancers, and other denizens of the city’s lively entertainment districts.

To reserve your place, please call the Japan Society office on 020 3075 1996 or email events@japansociety.org.uk or submit the online booking form.

 

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