Special Japan Society Book Club – The Youth of Things with translator Stephen Dodd


The Japan Society book club is delighted to welcome Stephen Dodd, Senior Lecturer in Japanese at the School of Oriental and African Studies, to discuss his new book The Youth of Things: Life and Death in the Age of Kajii Motojiro. The focus of the book club will be on Dodd’s translations of Kajii’s short stories, which comprises the second half of the book.

When he died from tuberculosis at the age of thirty-one, Kajii Motojiro had written only twenty short stories. Yet his life and work, Dodd argues, shed light on a significant moment in Japanese history and, ultimately, add to our understanding of how modern Japanese identity and literature developed.

The book club is held every month. There is no restriction on the nationality of the authors read, but books should be available in translation in both Japanese and English. The discussion is conducted mainly in English, but you can choose the language in which you read the book. The intention is simple: to explore the themes of the book, express personal opinions on the style and content, discuss how the book has changed (or not) in translation and to have a relaxed discussion with others who have similar interests.

Date: Monday 14 July 2014, 7.00pm
Venue: The Japan Society, 13/14 Cornwall Terrace, London NW1 4QP

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