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ARCHIVED IN-PERSON EVENT - Japan Society Book Club: Ten Nights’ Dreams by Soseki Natsume

Monday 13 February 2023 / 7:00pm
IN-PERSON EVENT - Japan Society Book Club: Ten Nights’ Dreams by Soseki Natsume

Monday 13 February 2023

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

Booking Details
Free for Japan Society Members

Book available from WaterstonesAmazon, and Book Depository 
Japanese version available here

Book online here

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Ten Nights' Dreams is a series of short pieces by Sōseki Natsume. It was serialised in the Asahi Shimbun from July 25 to August 5, 1908. Sōseki writes of ten dreams set in various time periods, including his own time (the Meiji period) and as far back as the "age of the gods," and the Kamakura period. Four of the ten dreams begin with the phrase "This is what I saw in my dream" (こんな夢を見た Konna yume o mita). Whether Sōseki actually had these dreams or whether they were complete fictions is not known.

This famed collection of ten connected stories or dreams has a surrealistic atmosphere. Some are weird, others are grotesquely funny leitmotifs and antipodes such as: loyalty and treatise, love and death, fame and immortality, social outsiders, honour and loss of face, desperation and hope, are all covered.

The author, Soseki Natsume, is a novelist and scholar of English literature. He ranks with Mori Ogai (1862-1922) as major figure in modern Japanese literature. Among his works, Wagahai wa Neko de Aru (I am A Cat) and Bochan (Master Darling) are especially known to almost every Japanese and are read even by primary school pupils.

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