Traditional Japanese Literature: An Anthology, Beginnings to 1600 edited by Haruo Shirane [in Bloomsbury Review]
This is a heavy tome, but it’s one of those impressive, erudite, must-have titles for anyone interested in Asian literature or literature in general. The Japanese were writing novels centuries before Don Quixote even chased his first windmill, after all! It’s also the companion piece to Early Modern Japanese Literature: An Anthology, 1600-1900 (Columbia University Press, 2002), and one-quarter of a four-volume history of Japanese literature in case you wanted the complete set.
Published: 2007 (United States)