“Friendship of the Monumental Novelists” (Bungou Tachi no Yuujou) by Ishii Chiko is the interesting novelists guide, which introduces the relationships between the novelists under the theme “Friendship” of a total of 30 novelists including the following tags: Satou Haruo and Horiguchi Daigaku, Murou Saisei and Hagiwara Sakutarou, Shiga Naoya and Mushanokouji Saneatsu, Kawabata Yasunari and Yokomitsu Riichi, Masaoka Shiki and Natsume Souseki, Ishikawa Takuboku and Kindaichi Kyousuke, Kunikida Doppo and Tayama Katai, Akutagawa Ryuunosuke and Kikuchi Kan, Dazao Osamu and Sakaguchi Ango, Kajii Kijirou and Miyoshi Tatsuji, Izumi Kyouka and Tokuda Shuusei, Nakahara Chuuya and Kobayashi Hideo, etc.
The episodes contained are the ones that you will unintentionally shout “are you serious?“, including “Satou Haruo and Horiguchi Daigaku are too close that the people around them thought they are lovers?“, “Akutagawa Ryuunosuke rent his underwear for his friend?“, “Kunikida Doppo and Tayama Kasen fought over many things, but lived together?” and “Natsume Souseki was requested to ‘become my father’?“, in easy to understand manner, that invokes laughter, sometimes tears.
Shirano, the illustrator of “Touken Ranbu”, will be in charge of 4 original illustrations of this book including the front cover.
Moreover, one whole chapter was written originally to describe the “semi-family relationships”, including “Natsume Souseki and his students”, “Shiga Naoya and his followers”, and “Edogawa Ranpo and his friends”.
“Friendship of the Monumental Novelists” is priced at 649 JPY.