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July 2020

夏目 漱石

夏目 漱石

Natsume Sōseki (夏目 漱石) (02/09/1867-12/09/1926) a Japanese novelist known for his novels such as Kokoro (1914), I Am a Cat (1905), and Botchan (1906), among many others. Sōseki was a British literature scholar and graduated from the English Literature Department of Tokyo Imperial University. He was also a haiku, kanshi, and fairy tales composer. Sōseki is thought to be the father of modern Japanese literature and provided a modern take on Japanese literature.

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