Kusamakura, Natsume Soseki, Penguin Modern Classics, 2008. Paperback, 176 Pages, ISBN-13:9780143105190
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.
Ravine and Other Stories, by Furui Yoshikichi,
Stone Bridge Press, California, 1997.
Paperback, 144 pages, ISBN 1-880656-29-9
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.
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
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.
White-Haired Melody, Furui Yoshikichi, Center for Japanese Studies, University of Michigan, 2008.
Cloth, 275 pages, ISBN 978-1-929280-46-9
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
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.
A Thousand Strands of Black Hair, Tanabe Seiko, Thames River Press, November 2012.
Hardback, 283 pages, ISBN: 978 0 85728 246 0
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
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
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.
The Kingdom of the Wind, by Itsuki Hiroyuki, Thames River Press, 2014.
Hardback, 340 pages, ISBN: 978 1 78308 129 5
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 Goose, by Mori Ôgai, Finlay Lloyd Publishers, 2014.
Paperback, 158 pages, ISBN: 9 780987 592927
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.
With Love and Fury: Selected Letters of Judith Wright, co-edited with Patricia Clarke, National Library of Australia Publications, 2006
Hardback, 607 pages, ISBN: 9780642276254
The Equal Heart and Mind: Letters between Judith Wright and Jack McKinney, co-edited with Patricia Clarke, University of Queensland Press, 2004.
Paperback, 216 pages, ISBN: 978 0 7022 3441 5 http://uqp.com.au/book.aspx/709/The%20Equal%20Heart%20And%20Mind%20Letters%20Between%20Judith%20Wright%20And%20Jack%20Mckinney
The Equal Heart and Mind is an intimate portrait of poet Judith Wright and philosopher Jack McKinney. Set in Brisbane and at Mt Tamborine, where they lived for almost twenty years, these letters vividly recreate their intertwined lives and also paint an unforgettable picture of postwar Brisbane with its lively cabals of writers, artists and intellectuals. For decades, Judith Wright kept secret this cache of letters, giving them late in life to her daughter Meredith McKinney. Meredith and Patricia Clarke have edited the letters, interspersing them with poems, a selection of family album photographs and facsimiles of some of the handwritten and typescript letters. Meredith also contributes a special memoir of her parents, and the book concludes with Judith’s moving account of Jack’s death in 1966. These letters, poems and commentaries – along with the illustrations – together make an exquisite addition to the field of Australian literary biography.