Lafcadio Hearn: Kokoro. Einblicke in das Innenleben Japans ´´Kokoro. Hints and Echoes of Japanese Inner Life´´. Erstdruck: London, Gay and Bird, 1895. Hier in der deutschen Übersetzung von Berta Franzos, Frankfurt a.M., Rütten und Loening, 1905. Neuausgabe. Herausgegeben von Karl-Maria Guth. Berlin 2017. Umschlaggestaltung von Thomas Schultz-Overhage unter Verwendung des Bildes: Emil Orlik, Mädchen unter Weiden, 1901. Gesetzt aus der Minion Pro, 11 pt.
The great Japanese author´s most famous novel, in its first new English translation in half a century No collection of Japanese literature is complete without Natsume Soseki´s Kokoro, his most famous novel and the last he completed before his death. Published here in the first new translation in more than fifty years, Kokoro-meaning ´´heart´´-is the story of a subtle and poignant friendship between two unnamed characters, a young man and an enigmatic elder whom he calls ´´Sensei.´´ Haunted by tragic secrets that have cast a long shadow over his life, Sensei slowly opens up to his young disciple, confessing indiscretions from his own student days that have left him reeling with guilt, and revealing, in the seemingly unbridgeable chasm between his moral anguish and his student´s struggle to understand it, the profound cultural shift from one generation to the next that characterized Japan in the early twentieth century.
Winner of Randy Shilts Award In the half century before the Nazis rose to power, Berlin became the undisputed gay capital of the world. Activists and medical professionals made it a city of firsts-the first gay journal, the first homosexual rights organization, the first Institute for Sexual Science, the first sex reassignment surgeries-exploring and educating themselves and the rest of the world about new ways of understanding the human condition. In this fascinating examination of how the uninhibited urban culture of Berlin helped create our categories of sexual orientation and gender identity, Robert Beachy guides readers through the past events and developments that continue to shape and influence our thinking about sex and gender to this day.