Books

Kusamakura, Natsume Soseki, Penguin Modern Classics, 2008. Paperback, 176 Pages, ISBN-13:9780143105190
http://www.penguin.com.au/products/9780143105190/kusamakura

Description:
Natsume Soseki’s strangest and most beautiful novel, an early modern work of experimental fiction whose elegant prose reaches for a new synthesis of traditional and modern sensibilities.

eBook link: https://www.amazon.com.au/Kusamakura-Penguin-Classics-Natsume-Soseki-ebook/dp/B002DYMB1W


Ravine and Other Stories, by Furui Yoshikichi,
Stone Bridge Press, California, 1997.
Paperback, 144 pages, ISBN 1-880656-29-9

https://www.bookdepository.com/Ravine-Other-Stories-Meredith-McKinney/9781880656297

Description:

Four stories by one of Japan’s leading contemporary literary figures, dreamlike evocations of the strange hinterland of ordinary consciousness. This translation won the Japan-US Friendship Commission Translation Award in 2000.


The Tale of Saigyo: A Medieval Tale of the Poet-priest Saigyo,Michigan University Press, Michigan, 1998.

Paperback, 89 pages, ISBN 978-0-939512-83-6.

https://www.press.umich.edu/18542/tale_of_saigyo

Description:

A medieval Japanese poem-tale that recreates the life of the famed poet-priest Saigyo (dates) through his poetry. Includes X new translations of some of Saigyo’s finest waka.


The Pillow Book, by Sei Shonagon, translated and with introduction by Meredith McKinney. Penguin Classics, London, 2006.

Paperback, 364 pages, ISBN-13:9780140448061

http://www.penguin.com.au/products/9780140448061/pillow-book

Description:

A new translation of the great Heian period classic written by a lady-in-waiting at the empress’s court at the turn of the 10th century. Includes Sei Shonagon’s famous lists (Things that give pleasure, Startling and disconcerting things etc.) plus a rich variety of anecdotes, reveries, opinions, poetry, and much else besides.

eBook link: https://www.amazon.com.au/Pillow-Book-Penguin-Classics-ebook/dp/B002RI97V6


White-Haired Melody, Furui Yoshikichi, Center for Japanese Studies, University of Michigan, 2008.

Cloth, 275 pages, ISBN 978-1-929280-46-9

https://www.press.umich.edu/9340041/white_haired_melody

Description:

A novel by one of Japan’s leading contemporary literary figures (see also Ravine and Other Stories above), which charts the intense inner experience of illness and ageing.


Kokoro, Natsume Soseki, Penguin Modern Classics, 2010.

Paperback, 258 pages, ISBN-13:9780143106036

http://www.penguin.com.au/products/9780143106036/kokoro

Description:

The great early modern novelist Natsume Soseki’s most famous novel, an exploration of relationships woven through with the difficulties of living in a rapidly changing Japan.

eBook link: https://www.amazon.com.au/Kokoro-Penguin-Classics-Natsume-Soseki-ebook/dp/B00354Y9Z0


A Thousand Strands of Black Hair, Tanabe Seiko, Thames River Press, November 2012.

Hardback, 283 pages, ISBN: 978 0 85728 246 0

http://www.anthempress.com/thousand-strands-of-black-hair-hb

Description:

The story of the great early modern poet Yosano Akiko (1878-1942), told by one of contemporary Japan’s finest woman writers. Includes new translations of over 200 of Yosano Akiko’s best-known tanka.


Death by Choice, Shimada Masahiko, Thames River Press, 2012.
Hardback, 251 pages, ISBN: 978 0 85728 247 7

http://www.anthempress.com/death-by-choice-hb

Description:

A darkly comic novel in the “hard-boiled decadence” tradition by one of its leading contemporary exponents, which takes a cynical and happy-go-lucky look at some of modern Japan’s obsessions and foibles.


Essays in Idleness with Hôjôki, by Yoshida Kenkô and Kamo no Chômei, Penguin Classics, 2014
Paperback, 224 pages, ISBN 978014119210
https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/176/176812/essays-in-idleness/9780141192109.html

Description:

New translations of two medieval classics, one a famous 14th century collection of anecdotes and opinions by a lay Buddhist priest, the other an elegant early 13th century Buddhist hermit’s poetic memoir.

eBook link: https://www.amazon.com.au/Essays-Idleness-Hojoki-Penguin-Classics-ebook/dp/B00D8Q0DFU


The Kingdom of the Wind, by Itsuki Hiroyuki, Thames River Press, 2014.

Hardback, 340 pages, ISBN: 978 1 78308 129 5

http://www.anthempress.com/kingdom-of-the-wind-hb

Description:

A powerful magic realist tale of a mysterious ancient cult embodying a precious lost vision of the world, that reappears to do battle with modern forces of destruction.


The Wild Gooseby Mori Ôgai, Finlay Lloyd Publishers, 2014.

Paperback, 158 pages, ISBN: 9 780987 592927

https://catalogue.nla.gov.au/Record/6447381

Description:

A delicate novella by one of Japan’s greatest early modern writers, built around the intimate portrait of an innocent young girl and the three very different men in her life. 


A Cup of Sake Beneath the Cherry Trees, by Yoshida Kenko, translated by Meredith McKinney. Penguin Classics, London, 2015.

https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/279/279203/a-cup-of-sake-beneath-the-cherry-trees/9780141398259.html

Description:

A selection of the highlights from Essays in Idleness with Hôjôki.


Farewell, My Orange, by Iwaki Kei, translated by Meredith McKinney. Europa Editions, 2018.

https://www.europaeditions.com/book/9781609454784/farewell-my-orange

Description:

Two immigrant women from very different cultures and backgrounds help each other to find their way in the sometimes challenging environment of an Australian country town.

eBook link: https://www.amazon.com/Farewell-My-Orange-Iwaki-Kei-ebook/dp/B07B8WCGLB


Poncho the Bookseller, by Akihiro Nishino, Gentôsha, 2018.

https://www.gentosha.co.jp/book/b12116.html

Description:

A bilingual children’s story about a charming bookseller who loves his books too much.


With Love and Fury: Selected Letters of Judith Wright, co-edited with Patricia Clarke, National Library of Australia Publications, 2006

https://www.angusrobertson.com.au/books/with-love-and-fury/p/9780642276254

Description:

The selected letters of one of Australia’s greatest poets.


The Equal Heart and Mind: Letters between Judith Wright and Jack McKinney, co-edited with Patricia Clarke, University of Queensland Press, 2004.

http://uqp.com.au/book.aspx/709/The%20Equal%20Heart%20And%20Mind%20Letters%20Between%20Judith%20Wright%20And%20Jack%20Mckinney

An intimate portrait in letters of the early years of the relationship between  poet Judith Wright and philosopher Jack McKinney.


Travels with a Writing Brush: Classical Japanese Travel Writing from the Manyōshū to Bashō, Penguin Classics, 2019. Paperback, 400 pages, ISBN-13: 978-0241310878  ISBN-10: 0241310873

https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/305818/travels-with-a-writing-brush/9780241310878.html

Description:

A comprehensive anthology of the first thousand years of traditional Japanese travel literature, from the earliest poetry to the great travel journals of the 17th century haiku poet Bashō, while tracing the story of the early evolution of Japanese literature.

eBook link: https://www.penguin.com.au/books/travels-with-a-writing-brush-9780241310861


The Chronicles of Lord Asunaro, Kanji Hanawa, Red Circle Minis, 2020. Paperback, 72 pages. ISBN-978-1-912864-06-5

https://www.redcircleauthors.com/our-books/the-chronicles-of-lord-asunaro/

Description:

A quirky and hilarious tale of the erratic and erotic career of a 17th century Japanese feudal lord, the last work by the modern master Kanji Hanawa.


Three Japanese Buddhist Monks, Penguin Classics, London, 2020. Paperback, 112 pages. ISBN-9780241472910

https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/320075/three-japanese-buddhist-monks/9780241472910.html

Description:

A selection of the writings of three medieval Buddhist monks. Part of Penguin Classics’ Great Ideas series.


Gazing at the Moon: Buddhist Poems of Solitude, Shambhala Publications, 2021. Paperback, 160 pages. ISBN-9781611809428

https://www.shambhala.com/gazing-at-the-moon.html

Description:

Translations of over 100 poems by the great medieval poet-monk Saigyō, tracing his spiritual life from first awakening to death.