The Wild Goose

Volume 14
Mori Ogai
Translated with an Introduction by Burton Watson
A turn-of-the-century novel from one of the giants of modern Japanese literature


Mori Ogai (1862-1922), one of the giants of modern Japanese literature, wrote The Wild Goose at the turn of the century. At a time when writers tended to depict modern, alienated male intellectuals, the characters of The Wild Goose are diverse, including not only students preparing for a privileged intellectual life and members of the plebeian classes who provide services to them, but also a pair of highly developed female characters. The author's sympathetic and penetrating portrayal of the dilemmas and frustrations faced by women in this early period of Japan's modernization makes the story of particular interest to readers today.
Burton Watson has published over thirty translations from Chinese and Japanese literature. In 1979 he received the Gold Medal Award from the Translation Center at Columbia University, and in 1981 and 1995 he won the PEN Translation Prize.

Praise / Awards

  • "The definitive version of a captivating novel. The translation seems perfect."
    --Donald Richie, The Japan Times
  • "A small book that gives immense pleasure. . . . A timeless portrayal of the clash between social caste and romantic love."
    --Gardner McFall, New York Times Book Review

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  • 6 x 9.
  • 184pp.
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  • 1995
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