Sōseki's Shorter Works

Ten Nights of Dreams (ゆめじゅう) 1908

A series of ten dreams set in various times and touching on various themes.

1st Night - 100 years' vigil; 2nd night - the priest and the samurai; 3rd night - child of stone; 4th night - the old man with the snake; 5th Night - racing against the dawn; 6th night - rendering Niō; 7th night - voyage to somewhere; 8th night - the barber shop; 9th night - a mother's story; 10th night - the demise of Shōtarō

With audio by wis (ウィス)

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Bunchō (文鳥ぶんちょう) 1908

A solitary writer, prone to musing on a beautiful woman he once knew, toils away in his cold study to complete a novel. At the urging of a friend, he takes a bunchō (Japanese rice sparrow) as a pet. The story traces his relationship with the bird, from initial apprehension, to fascination, to indifference, and finally, to tragic neglect.

With audio by wis (ウィス)

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The Tower of London (倫敦ロンドンとう) 1905

An impressionistic account of the author's sole excursion to the Tower of London during his two years of study abroad in the city. A mix of memories from the visit and fantasies evoked by the sights and sounds and history of the site.

With audio by Myōgadani Kabosu (茗荷谷かぼす)

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