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The Uses of Literature in Modern Japan: Histories and Cultures of the Book, written by Sari Kawana

In: East Asian Publishing and Society
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Sari Kawana, The Uses of Literature in Modern Japan: Histories and Cultures of the Book. SOAS Studies in Modern and Contemporary Japan. London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2018. ix+280 pages. Hardcover $79.80. ISBN 9781350024915.

This monograph sets out to answer an interesting and important question: ‘why do some literary works survive while others simply fade?’ (2) As Kawana asserts, ‘it is more natural for a literary work to be forgotten over time’ than to continue to be immediately relevant to audiences beyond its original publication (if it was ever relevant at all). (2) With so much

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