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Natsume Sōseki

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Perspective and Narrator

The first two parts of Kokoro are narrated by an unnamed narrator who befriends Sensei, the protagonist. Sensei narrates the final part of the novel in the form of a letter to the narrator.


Kokoro is written in the past tense.

About the Title

The Japanese word kokoro can be translated as "heart." However, it is also sometimes used to refer to the mind, or to feeling. In Japanese the concepts of mind and heart are closely interwoven. Kokoro does not mean the physical heart, but instead the heart or mind that feels, expresses, and thinks. Kokoro can also be translated, more generally, as "the heart of things." Sōseki's novel investigates mysteries at the heart of the human condition, including love, duty, and loneliness.


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