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Japan's beloved literary masterpiece brought to life in manga form!

Soseki Natsume's comic masterpiece, I Am a Cat, satirizes the foolishness of upper-middle-class Japanese society in early 20th century Tokyo. Written with biting wit and sardonic perspective, it follows the whimsical adventures of a rather cynical stray kitten. He finds his way into the home of an English teacher, where his running commentary on the follies and foibles of the people around him has been making readers laugh for more than a century.

This is the very first manga edition in English of this classic piece of Japanese literature. The story lends itself well to a graphic novel format, allowing readers to pick up on the more subtle cues of the expressive cat, while also being immersed in the world of his perceptive narration. It is true to classic manga form, and is read back to front.

Beautifully illustrated by Japanese artist Chiroru Kobato, this edition provides a visual, entertaining look at a unique period in Japan's history--filled with cultural and societal changes, rapid modernization and a feeling of limitless possibility--through the eyes of an unlikely narrator.


About the Author:
Soseki Natsume (1867-1916) is considered the most significant writer in modern Japanese history (he is sometimes called "the Japanese Mark Twain"). He is the only Japanese author referred to by his personal name (Soseki) and not his family name (Natsume), and his image appears on the Japanese 1,000 yen note.

Zack Davisson is an award-winning translator, writer and folklorist. He is the author of Yurei: The Japanese GhostYokai Stories and Kaibyo: The Supernatural Cats of Japan, and the translator of Leiji Matsumoto's Space Battleship Yamato, Go Nagai's Devilman, and Shigeru Mizuki's Kitaro. He has been featured on NPR, BBC, and The New York Times, and has written for MetropolisThe Comics Journal, and Weird Tales Magazine.

Retold and illustrated by Chiroru Kobato, a Japanese artist. Kobato's manga adaptation of Soseki's masterpiece brings Japan's most popular novel to life while fully preserving its wit and wisdom.