草枕（英文版）―The Three-Cornred World (タトルクラシックス ) 単行本（ソフトカバー） – 2008/12/12
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In The Three-Cornered World, an artist leaves city life to wander in the mountains on a quest to stimulate his artistic endeavors. When he finds himself staying at an almost deserted inn, he becomes obsessed with the beautiful and strange daughter of the innkeeper, who is rumored to have abandoned her husband and fallen in love with a priest at a nearby temple. Haunted by her aura of mystery and tragedy, he wants to paint her. As he struggles to complete his pictures and solve the enigma of her life, his daily conversations with those at the inn and in the village provide clues and inspiration toward solving the mysteries she presents.
Soseki Natsume examines each event and scene in this story in minute detail, creating balanced pictures in each small situation. Interspersed with philosophies of both the East and West, Soseki's writing blends two very different cultures and presents the unique world of an artist struggling with his craft and his environment. An evocative picture of the daily life in a mountain village of the times, The Three-Cornered World provokes through and images equally.
Soseki Natsume (1867-1916) is widely considered the foremost novelist of the Meiji period (1868-1914). After graduating from Tokyo Imperial University in 1893, Soseki taught high school before spending two years in England on a Japanese government scholarship. He returned to lecture in English literature at the university. Numerous nervous disorders forced him give up teaching in 1908 and he became a full-time writer for the Asahi Newspaper. In addition to fourteen novels, Soseki wrote haiku, poems, academic papers on literary theory, essays, autobiographical sketches, and fairy tales.
What right have those who are not even able to see the heroism of death to ridicule Fujimura’s behavior? It is my contention that they have no right at all, for being confined by their inability to sympathize with the concept of bringing life to a heroic conclusion, however much such a step may be justified by circumstances, they are inferior to him in character.
Approach everything rationally and you become harsh.
Pole along in the stream of emotions, and you will be swept away
by the current.