Books by Donald Keene

CHRONICLES OF MY LIFE by Donald Keene
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2008

"Unique reflections capture a half-century of momentous transformation."
American scholar and translator Keene traces his lifelong fascination with Japanese literature. Read full book review >
THE BREAKING JEWEL by Makoto Oda
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2003

"The climactic 'war of attrition' that demands the anticipated and foreshadowed ultimate sacrifice is depicted in unflinchingly graphic detail that makes this excellent little tale very much something of an Asian Red Badge of Courage."
A 1998 novel about the defense of a small South Pacific island against American invasion—its Japanese author's first in English translation—displays a riveting economy and intensity. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1995

"These are the luminous details—not curiosities, thanks to Keene's careful analysis, but real finds—of which the best histories are made."
Westerners have long complained about the enigmas of Japanese culture. Read full book review >
ON FAMILIAR TERMS by Donald Keene
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Keene complains of lukewarm or worse reviews of his monumental survey volume World Without Walls (1976)—but the Kirkus reviewer gave it the same high praise this memoir deserves as well."
Charming memoir by prolific specialist in Japanese literature Keene (Travelers of a Hundred Ages, 1989, etc.), who seems to have found a culture that mirrored his character traits of introversion and flight into deep study. Read full book review >