Kotto: Being Japanese Curios, with Sundry Cobwebs (Google eBook)
Journalist-by-trade Lafcadio Hearn used his wanderer's eye and guileless, graceful style to provide elegant chronicles for an English-speaking world fascinated by the exotic sensibilities of Japan. He set himself apart from others who attempted to translate the life and culture of this island country through his ability to reveal the truth of his subjects artfully-flawlessly exemplifying the Japanese aesthetic through his voice, as well as through his tale. In Kotto, first published in 1902, Hearn placed classical fables next to his own discoveries (of a woman's diary, for example) and reflections on the timeless themes of life, death, and meaning, showcasing the simple beauty and ever-present spirituality that define the Japanese ideology.Bohemian and writer PATRICK LAFCADIO HEARN (1850-1904) was born in Greece, raised in Ireland, and worked as newspaper reporter in the United States before decamping to Japan. He also wrote In Ghostly Japan (1899), and Kwaidan (1904).
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Review: Kotto: Being Japanese Curios, with Sundry CobwebsUser Review - Shaina - Goodreads
This book contained some decent stories and a translation of a woman's diary which were enjoyable, but the author's subtly dismissive attitude toward the Japanese and their cultural idiosyncracies was something of a turn off. Read full review
Review: Kotto: Being Japanese Curios, with Sundry CobwebsUser Review - Erin Bracken - Goodreads
Decapitated babies, swallowed souls, and goblins. Good read. I love this guy. Read full review