by Soseki Natsume


Sanshirō is a novel by the Japanese writer Natsume Sōseki. The novel was originally published as a serialized work in the Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun between September and December 1908. The novel relates the story of Sanshirō Ogawa, a 23-year-old from the countryside of Kyushu who travels to the city for the first time. Sanshirō's experiences serve as both commentary upon and a metaphor for Japan of the late Meiji period, which was undergoing increasing modernization and Westernization. Sanshirō is Sōseki's only coming-of-age novel. It has been translated into English by Jay Rubin.

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