Many readers interested in Japanese literature, tempted by the delightful title “I am a cat” by Sōseki Natsume, reach for this book.
The proud narrator, a nameless tomcat, is an extremely observant observer, ready to point out all the worst faults of his owner (a moderately devoted teacher), but also of the entire Japanese society of the Meiji period (1868-1912).
It is worth choosing the Japanese version in the charming Kadokawa Bunko series bound in dust jackets based on the Kamawanu series of fabrics also to have access to the afterword and text analyses that are always included with these editions. So there is a series of footnotes and a timeline of Sōseki’s life and work, which in themselves are of great added value and will allow you to get to know the writer and his work better.
Also available in English.