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This is the official Web site of author and critic Damian Flanagan
Yukio Mishima Three Cornered World 'Tower of London' Kokoro 'The Gate' Tower of London Nihonjin ga shiranai Natsume Soseki Nihonjin ga shiranai Natsume Soseki Scandal 

Damian Flanagan is a writer and critic interested in Japan, East Asian affairs and world literature.

In 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 (1867-1916) 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.

His third 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 World, The Gate and Kokoro as well as to Shusaku Endo's novel Scandal.

His latest book is a biography of Yukio Mishima, the most internationally renowned Japanese author of the 20th century. 

His 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 Today.

Welcome to his world.


Damian will be speaking at the 'Challenge of Japan' symposium at the University of Tokyo on Saturday 17 September when he will be presenting in English a talk, 'My Alternative History of Japanese Literature'. On Monday 19 September he will also be presenting a talk in Japanese, 'Two Superstars of World Literature: Natsume Soseki and William Shakespeare'. Please join us!

Damian's talks on Youtube:

   Youtube Natsume Soseki A Literary Odyssey        Youtube Natsume Soseki Damian Flanagan       Damian Flanagan Mishima
    'Soseki: A Literary Odyssey'      'Gould and Soseki'         'Yukio Mishima'


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