Flanagan is a writer and critic interested in Japan, East Asian affairs
and world literature.
2003 he became the first Westerner
to publish a book in Japanese (日本人が知らない夏目漱石)
on celebrated Japanese author Natsume Soseki
and in 2005 his translation of Soseki's writings on Britain (The
Tower of London: Tales of Victorian London) won the 2005
Japan-US Friendship Commission Prize for the Translation of Japanese
Literature. Click here for an
introduction to the book.
book, again in Japanese, was Natsume Soseki: Superstar of World Literature
(2007). He has also contributed lengthy critical introductions to
recent editions of Soseki's masterpieces, The Three Cornered
as well as to Shusaku Endo's novel Scandal
latest book is a biography of Yukio
Mishima, the most internationally renowned Japanese author of
the 20th century.
articles on Japanese politics, art and society have appeared in
numerous magazines and newspapers throughout Japan including Newsweek, The Japan Times, The Asahi Shinbun
and the Nihon Keizai Shinbun and in the UK he has appeared on various
BBC radio and TV shows including Nightwaves, Open Book and The World
to his world.
Damian will be presenting a talk 'Natsume Soseki's London: A Literary Odyssey'
at the Daiwa Foundation, London on Monday February 1st. He will also be
presenting a talk in Japanese, 'Two Giants of World Literature: Natsume
Soseki and William Shakespeare' at the Heian Hotel, Kyoto on Sunday
April 17 and speaking about the life of Lafcadio Hearn at the Koizumi Yakumo Museum in Yaizu, Japan on June 4.