Nagatsuka Takashi's novel The Soil , published in Japan in 1910, provides a moving and sensitive but unsentimental portrait of rural peasant life in Japan during the Meiji era. The community described is the author's native place, and the characters whose lives are described in vivid detail over a period of years are drawn from life.

The Soil 1994, University of California Press, Berkeley, CA

ISBN-13: 9780520083721

Trade paperback

The Soil 1989, Routledge, London, England

ISBN-13: 9780415030748