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Nathan, John 1940-

Works: 69 works in 270 publications in 6 languages and 7,939 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  History  Drama  Biography  Psychological fiction  Case studies  Film adaptations  Diaries  Samurai films  Short stories, Japanese 
Roles: Author, Translator, Director, Narrator, Producer, Author of screenplay, Author of introduction, Photographer, Scenarist, Editor
Classifications: PL833.I7, 895.635
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by John Nathan
Mishima: a biography by John Nathan( Book )
37 editions published between 1974 and 2006 in 6 languages and held by 1,162 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Biografie van de Japanse schijver (1925-1970)
A personal matter by Kenzaburō Ōe( Book )
29 editions published between 1968 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,039 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Bird, the protagonist of a Personal Matter, is a frustrated young intellectual in a failing marriage whose utopian dream is shattered when his wife gives birth to a brain-damaged child. More than once when confronted with a problem, he has "cast himself adrift on a sea of whiskey like a besotted Robinson Crusoe", but he has never faced a crisis as personal or grave as the prospect of life imprisonment in the cage of his infant son. Should he keep the baby? Dare he kill it? Before he makes his final decision, Bird's entire past rises up before him, revealing itself to be a nightmare of deceit."--Back cover
Japan unbound : a volatile nation's quest for pride and purpose by John Nathan( Book )
8 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and Chinese and held by 1,015 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Not since World War II has Japan faced a crisis like the one before it now. An apparently endless recession has weakened the foundations of the traditional family and severed the bond between Japan's corporations and employees. Unruly children turn classrooms into battlefields. Ultranationalist pride and xenophobia are celebrated in best-selling comic books and championed by media superstars including the governor of Tokyo. Upheavals across the society have significant ramifications for America. As the Japanese reject their traditions wholesale, they view their half-century-old connection to the United States with mounting skepticism." "Nathan unveils the horrors of the Japanese school system. He goes inside a "career transition service" to witness the novel, nuanced rituals of job-hunting Japanese-style. He takes the pulse of ordinary citizens who are caught up in the country's many profound social shifts, agitprop pop culture, emerging feminism, environmentalism, teenage consumerism, entrepreneurship and more."--Jacket
Teach us to outgrow our madness : four short novels by Kenzaburō Ōe( Book )
8 editions published between 1977 and 2000 in English and held by 941 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Kenzaburō Ōe was ten when American soldiers entered his mountain village during World War II, and his writing "reveals the tension and ambiguity forged by the collapse of the values of his childhood on the one hand and the confrontation with American writers on the other ... [His] heroes have been expelled from the certainty of childhood, into a world that bears no relation to their past."--Page 4 of cover
Sony : the private life by John Nathan( Book )
14 editions published between 1999 and 2001 in English and held by 916 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
An expert on Japanese culture uses his access to Sony's archives to chart that company's fascinating rise from the ashes of post-war Tokyo to a major international distributor of electronics and mass culture
Light and Dark a Novel by Natsume Soseki( )
5 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 857 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Recovering in a clinic from surgery, Tsuda Yoshio receives visits from a procession of intimates. Divergent interests create friction among these characters that explodes into scenes of jealousy, rancor, and recrimination. Tsuda then travels to a resort spa to continue his convalescence. There he encounters Kiyoko, a woman that inhabits his dreams
In search of excellence by Thomas J Peters( Visual )
22 editions published between 1984 and 2009 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 397 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The film shows some of America's best-run businesses; how they operate and why their management techniques are successful, such as Disney, McDonalds and 3M
Daimyo ( Visual )
3 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 229 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Explores and illustrates the paradoxical ideal known as bunbu-ryodo "the dual way of the pen and the sword", the unique interaction of martial tradition and civilian arts that was central to the shaping of daimyo culture
The sailor who fell from grace with the sea by Yukio Mishima( Book )
23 editions published between 1965 and 2006 in English and Japanese and held by 218 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Explores an adolescent's response to his mother's love affair with a handsome visitor to Yokohama
The Colonel comes to Japan by John Nathan( Visual )
6 editions published between 1981 and 2009 in English and held by 135 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Hosted by Eric Sevareid, this program shows the marketing techniques used by the American fast-food company, Kentucky Fried Chicken, to meet the needs and expectations of Japanese consumers and Japanese business practices when it opens its franchises there
The sailor who fell from grace with the sea ; The temple of the golden pavilion ; and, Confessions of a mask by Yukio Mishima( Book )
1 edition published in 1990 in English and held by 74 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
En japansk drengebande, hvis medlemmer har deres egne ritualer, beslutter sig til at dræbe en sømand, som er gået i land for at gifte sig
The Blind Swordsman Zatoichi ; Sonatine by Bīto Takeshi( Visual )
4 editions published in 2013 in Japanese and held by 62 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The colossally popular Zatoichi films make up the longest-running action series in Japanese history and created one of the screen's great heroes: an itinerant blind masseur who also happens to be a lightning-fast swordsman. Features the string of twenty-five Zatoichi films made between 1962 and 1973, starring Shintaro Katsu, collected in one package for the first time
Farm song ( Visual )
5 editions published between 1978 and 2007 in English and Japanese and held by 56 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Documentary of the Kato family, a family of rice farmers in rural, northeastern Japan. Explores how each member of the four-generation family comes to terms with his or her traditional role, with special emphasis on the roles of the mother and daughters-in-law
Full moon lunch by John Nathan( Visual )
5 editions published between 1976 and 2007 in English and Japanese and held by 53 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A look at everyday life of a Japanese family living in Tokyo
Hong Kong dresses up by John Nathan( Visual )
3 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 52 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Explores how free enterprise works in Hong Kong by examining the business success of entrepreneur S.T. King. Looks at his clothing company and the labor, marketing, and international trade conditions he must balance. Also addresses the question of Hong Kong's future status and business climate when Great Britain's lease expires in 1997
La vie de Mishima by John Nathan( Book )
5 editions published between 1980 and 1986 in French and held by 43 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Dites-nous comment survivre à notre folie : nouvelles by Kenzaburō Ōe( Book )
6 editions published between 1982 and 2005 in French and held by 42 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Deux drames marquent ces quatre nouvelles : la guerre - Kenzaburô Oé avait dix ans en 1945 -, et la naissance, en 1964, de son fils anormal qui lui a révélé le véritable chemin de la vie. Si les récits de Kenzaburô Oé ne sont jamais totalement autobiographiques, tous en revanche prennent naissance dans son expérience personnelle. Dans Gibier d'élevage, l'auteur décrit l'impact sur les esprits, dans un village montagnard, de la présence d'un prisonnier noir américain. Dans Dites-nous comment survivre à notre folie, nous sont contés les efforts d'un père pour nouer avec son fils handicapé mental, des relations aussi étroites et fines que possible. La dernière nouvelle est l'un des textes les plus déconcertants et les plus complexes de ce romancier qui fut couronné par le prix Nobel en 1994
The Blind swordsman by John Nathan( Visual )
7 editions published between 1978 and 2008 in English and Japanese and held by 34 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A documentary portrait of Shintarō Katsu, actor, producer, director, and creator of the popular Japanese film hero Zato Ichi. Includes sequences showing Katsu at work, with his family, and enjoying Kyoto night life
The Diamond game ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1983 in English and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Eric Sevareid hosts this examination of the secretive diamond market, focusing on the role of De Beers diamond cartel in controlling the supply and price of diamonds. A box of diamonds is followed as the gems are graded, cleaved, sawed, polished, traded, then designed and sold as jewelry
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Alternative Names
ネイスン, ジョン
English (165)
Japanese (13)
French (11)
Spanish (5)
Chinese (3)
Russian (1)