Books by John Nathan

SOSEKI by John Nathan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2018

"A revealing portrait of a writer who deserves a new audience."
A biography of one of the most celebrated writers of modern Japan. Read full book review >
A BINTEL BRIF by John Nathan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 25, 2011

"A well-rendered, appealing period piece."
Veteran author and translator Nathan (Living Carelessly in Tokyo and Elsewhere, 2008, etc.) returns with a historical novel that artfully fuses the immigrant experience of 1910s New York with dark romance and political intrigue. Read full book review >
LIVING CARELESSLY IN TOKYO AND ELSEWHERE by John Nathan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 18, 2008

"Elicits smiles for the author's self-awareness—and winces for his lack of it."
A translator of Nobel laureate Kenzaburo Oe, documentary filmmaker, writer and academic summarizes and assesses his peripatetic life. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 18, 2004

"An alarmist treatise, as American analysis of Japan tends to be. But worth considering, especially as the hold of the pro-US government weakens and Chinese power grows."
A nation terrorized by gangs of roving youngsters, governed by cryptofascist politicians, mired in me-firstism and ennui. The England of A Clockwork Orange? No, it's modern Japan. Read full book review >
ROUSE UP, O YOUNG MEN OF THE NEW AGE by Kenzaburo Oe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2001

"Oe has been afflicted, and blessed, with a great theme that's entirely his own—and has made it the cornerstone of an irresistibly compelling body of work."
Perhaps the best of several fictionalizations of life with his brain-damaged son Hikari, this moving 1986 novel (previously untranslated into English) by Japan's 1994 Nobel laureate ranks with such triumphs as Oe's The Silent Cry (1975) and Teach Us to Outgrow Our Madness (1969). Read full book review >
SONY by John Nathan
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 28, 1999

"Insightful, probing, and extremely well-written; in the genre of business and company profiles, this is as good as it gets. (Author tour)"
A corporate biography that explores the complex, talented people who made a major company successful. Read full book review >