Title

I Am a Cat

Authors

Natsume Sōseki

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Description

This English version of 吾輩は猫である (Wagahai-wa neko de aru: I Am a Cat), Chapters I and II, written by Natsume Sōseki, pseudonym of Natsume Kinnosuke (1867–1916), and translated by Kan-ichi Ando (1878-1924), was published by Hattori Shoten, Tokyo, in 1906.

It begins: "I am a cat; but as yet I have no name." Its sardonic feline narrator describes his origins, his settlement in the household of a Meiji teacher-intellectual, and the goings-on and conversations among the cats and humans about the neighborhood. Of the men he concludes: "They are miserable creatures in the eyes of a cat.

Japanese novelist Natsume Sōseki studied literature in England and became professor at Tokyo Imperial University. The success of his stories, beginning with "I Am a Cat," launched a successful career that produced 22 novels, including Botchan, Kokoro, and Light and Darkness.

ISBN 978-1-60962-219-0 ebook

doi: 10.32873/unl.dc.zea.1310

ISBN

978-1-60962-219-0

Publication Date

12-12-2021

Publisher

Zea Books

City

Lincoln

Keywords

Japanese, cats, Meiji, Soseki, Kinnosuke

Disciplines

Fiction | Japanese Studies | Language Interpretation and Translation

Comments

Published originally in 1906. Now in the public domain.

I Am a Cat

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