Asian Literature

Author: Natsume Sōseki

Botchan is a modern young man from the Tokyo metropolis, sent to the ultra-traditional Matsuyama district as a Maths teacher after his the death of his parents. Cynical, rebellious and immature, Botchan finds himself facing several tests, from the pupils – prone to playing tricks on their new, naïve teacher; the staff – vain, immoral, and in danger of becoming a bad influe….Read More

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