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Not until did Tayama Katai inaugurate the genre with his novella Bedclothes Futon. Like most writers, he incorporated material from his own life in everything he wrote, although he was artful, never literal. He was critical of what he perceived in naturalist fiction as an absence of intellectual interest and emotional power that resulted from portraying reality unalloyed. Chapters followed in July and October. The first printing sold out in 20 days.

The previous month , the same publisher released a slim volume of the first two chapters translated into English by K. Ando and revised by K. The feline narrator, an alley cat who has taken up residence in the home of an English professor named Sneeze , is increasingly dismayed by the conversations at the heart of the book between the professor and his cronies , who pay him frequent visits in his study. The important thing in life, whether we speak of animals or humankind, is knowing the self.

I might even feel uncomfortable about treating them as caricatures in that case and put aside this poison pen of mine. A work of art need not have a model, but critics have been looking for one since I Am a Cat first appeared. It has now been more than two years since I have been living as a cat in this human world. When I looked into this carefully, I learned that he had in fact died one hundred years ago and had been impelled by a spasm of curiosity to journey all the way from Hades as a ghost to give me a scare.

Apart from the feline narrators, the novels have little in common: I Am a Cat is a commentary on humankind delivered by a cat; Tomcat Murr is the autobiography of the totally anthropomorphized narrator and, crazily, of a second unrelated figure whose story unfolds on pages interspersed.

Among the pleasures of the work is the repeated yoking together in any given passage of an assortment of allusions from Du Fu, the English poet Gray, Beowolf , and a contemporary play on words reminiscent of Cockney rhyming slang.

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Not until did Tayama Katai inaugurate the genre with his novella Bedclothes Futon. Like most writers, he incorporated material from his own life in everything he wrote, although he was artful, never literal. He was critical of what he perceived in naturalist fiction as an absence of intellectual interest and emotional power that resulted from portraying reality unalloyed. Chapters followed in July and October. The first printing sold out in 20 days. The previous month , the same publisher released a slim volume of the first two chapters translated into English by K.

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